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David Goodwillie's Subversive Shelf

Author David Goodwillie organizes his books the way he sees New York: “My books are not organized at all, which is kind of how I like it.  Classics mixed in with pop culture mixed in with non fiction and it’s kind of a big mess”.  

Author of American Subversive and Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time David Goodwillie used to work at Sotheby's auction house while living on St. Marks Place between 2nd and 3rd.  It was the early 90s and, Goodwillie says, "it was very, kind of, tale of two cities.  Going and dressing up in a suit and heading off to fancy Sotheby's every morning and coming back and changing as quickly as possible into some dirty t-shirt and heading off to Coney Island High or something to see a band play."  

Goodwillie's moved across town to Chelsea and recently took on a tour of his eclectic, disorganized book shelf.  He showed off his collection of first editions, books about radicalism in New York, and a study of dominatrix sub culture.  

Check out the video for the full tour.