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It’s official: the 90s are history. In his new memoir, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Algonquin), David Goodwillie waxes bittersweet on a decade spent drifting through dot-com-crazy NYC. It’s a familiar story–young, privileged writer full of idealism and promise succumbs to the lure of easy money and even easier drugs–that drops a lot of familiar names. But Goodwillie’s tale is refreshingly free of moralizing–the worst effect of a staggering coke habit appears to have been an embarrassing nosebleed at the Four Seasons–and of the rhetorical excesses that mark more gonzo contributions to the genre (cf. Toby Young, also reading this week). Instead, he spins a candid story about good luck, bad decisions, and missed opportunities. At times Goodwillie can be dorkily sincere, but the book is a revealing document of an electric, preposterous moment that slipped away as fast as the NASDAQ fell. Thu 7/13, 7:30 PM, Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster, 773-871-3610.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Alexandra Rowley.