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.