Seemed like a good idea at the time

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Fresh out of college and following a brief and disastrous stint playing minor league baseball, David Goodwillie moves to New York intent on making his mark as a writer. Arriving in Manhattan in the mid-nineties, Goodwillie quickly falls into one implausible job after another. He becomes a private investigator, imagining himself as a gumshoe, a hired gun--only to realize that he's more adept at bungling cases than at solving them. When, in his stint as a freelance journalist, he unveils the Mafia in a magazine exposé, he succeeds only in becoming a target of their wrath. As a copywriter for a sports auction house, he imagines documenting the great histories hidden in priceless artifacts but finds himself forced to write about a lock of Mickey Mantle's hair. Even when he seems to break through, somehow becoming the sports expert at Sotheby's auction house--appearing on major news networks, raking in a hefty salary--he's lured away by the promise of Internet millions...just in time for the dot-com crash. Teeming with the vibrancy of a city in hyperdrive, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time recounts a dizzying and enthralling search for authenticity in a cynical, superficial--and suddenly dangerous--age. In his heartbreaking and hilarious struggle to become a big-city writer, Goodwillie becomes something more: an important voice of the lost generation he so elegantly describes.

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subject_facetAuctions -- New York (State) -- New York
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography
Autobiographies
Baseball -- United States
Biographies
Electronic books
Goodwillie, David, -- 1972-
Internet industry -- United States
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography
Private investigators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
Sports -- Collectibles
title_displaySeemed like a good idea at the time
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Baseball
Collectibles
Electronic books
Goodwillie, David
Internet industry
Private investigators
Sports