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A Striver’s Tale

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by David Goodwillie

Reviewed by Anna Godbersen

"Nostalgia is a fine thing in a memoir, but too much will choke it. David Goodwillie, in his 1990s picaresque Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, exhibits signs of nostalgia, but what he seems to yearn for is some mythical, writerly New York era; his attitude toward his own life and times is aptly summarized by the bemused backward glancing of the title. This is a happy balance, and it gives what might otherwise feel like a familiar story (boy moves to the big city, dates and works with mixed success) charm and energy." Read the entire Esquire review.

One Response to "A Striver’s Tale"

    pam hval June 7th, 2006 at 3:14 am

    I wasn't quite sure where we were being led, when reading the initial lines of the review, from "Nostalgia...(to)...New York era." After that I enjoyed.

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