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It was a really good idea at the time.

David Goodwillie came back to Gambier this week. I had the privilege of attending his round-table discussion about his book and what it’s like to write after Kenyon. He was even more articulate in person than on NPR.

He answered questions about being a memoirist after James Frey, the dot com boom, and shutting himself into the Chelsea Hotel to complete this novel.

As Kenyon students “who [carry] Proust around in paperback and [intern] at The Kenyon Review,” many of whom were seniors (undoubtedly, at this moment, they are “[drinking] bourbon and [making] vague plans to move to New York”), we were thrilled by the opportunity to pick the brain of a Kenyon baseball player who is now living that elusive “literary life” of countless classical authors. Goodwillie elucidated the gap between Becoming A Great Writer and Paying The Rent. If you’re interested, his book is called Seemed Like A Good Idea At the Time.