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Dave Cullen

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in suburban Chicago, The United States
June 03, 1961





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Dave Cullen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Columbine, a haunting portrait of two killers and their victims. He has written for New York Times, BuzzFeed, Times of London, Newsweek, Guardian, Washington Post, Slate, Salon, and Daily Beast. He is now writing "Soldiers First" for HarperCollins, about two senior gay army officers.

(Columbine is summarized concisely in this three minute Columbine shooting intro video (book trailer.))

Cullen spent ten years writing and researching Columbine. He was driven by two questions: why did they kill, and what became of the survivors? The surprise was that most of what we "know" is wrong. It wasn't about the jocks, goths or the Trenchcoat Mafia. The killers didn't even see themselves as school...more

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Dave Cullen My next book will be "Soldiers First," for HarperCollins. In a nutshell:

The tumultuous story of two closeted gay soldiers, whose quest for love and…more
My next book will be "Soldiers First," for HarperCollins. In a nutshell:

The tumultuous story of two closeted gay soldiers, whose quest for love and freedom paralleled the torment of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. A love story and a soldier's story — at war.

It began 14 years ago, when I spent half a year with 3 closeted gay captains in Colorado Springs, and wrote a huge feature about them for Salon (changing their names and hiding their identities.) I've been following them ever since, which is kind of an unusual endeavor. I'm not just interviewing them about their lives, I'm watching their lives unfold.

Much more about it here:

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Famous people are often annoying. Then they die, which is sad, but I get REALLY annoyed, and feel guilty for it, reading all the half-truth obits painting them as saintly perfection.

Mike Hastings was highly unsaintly and imperfect. He could be harsh, volcanic and unforgiving, and he picked way more fights than he needed. And a few other things. I worried about him. So no bullshit that he was a... Read more of this blog post »
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This book had a huge impact on me in my 20s. I read it while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I was stunned by how well it ran...more


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Dave Cullen is on page 51 of 544 of Look at Me: I didn't fall in love with this nearly as quickly or emphatically as "Welcome to the goon squad," but enjoying it, and it's drawing me in.
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"One woman's not so fond remembrances of "dates" with Italian men. I found the tone of her bitterness and personal insights to be quite engaging and funny. Not all interludes are roses and champagne. It's okay to talk about the lousy times too. A K..." Read more of this review »
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“You can't really teach a kid anything: you can only show him the way and motivate him to learn it himself.”
Dave Cullen, Columbine

“The final portrait is often furthest from the truth.”
Dave Cullen, Columbine

“You know, it gets frustrating, because you know in your heart where you were and what you said, and then people doubt you. And that's what bothers me the most. -Valeen Schnurr of the Columbine massacre”
Dave Cullen, Columbine


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“Down the hall came the wife. She was glorious, burning. She didn't know yet that her husband was dead. We knew. That's what gave her such power over us. The doctor took her into a room with a desk at the end of the hall, and from under the closed door a slab of brilliance radiated as if, by some stupendous process, diamonds were being incinerated in there. What a pair of lungs! She shrieked as I imagined an eagle would shriek. It felt wonderful to be alive to hear it! I've gone looking for that feeling everywhere.”
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“We made mad love
shadow love
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and abandoned love.
Accidentally like a martyr.
The hurt gets worse, and the heart gets harder.”
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“An I'll never forget the smile on my face
cos I knew where you would be
An if you're in the Crown tonight
Have a drink on me
But go easy...step lightly...stay free
-- "Stay Free”
Mick Jones, The Clash Songbook

“Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster.

This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark

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message 12: by Pukka13

Pukka13 Dave! Thanks for adding me. I read "Columbine" some years ago and was completely floored by the depth of your research. Your writing is remarkable. I look forward to your next book. Thanks again!

message 11: by Betryal

Betryal Hey Dave, thanks for the accept. I just got your book, which I've been reading a lot of those types recently with the shootings and/or bullying and look forward to reading it.

message 10: by Dave

Dave Cullen Thanks, Linda. A magazine story and then book on gay soldiers. More on it here:


message 9: by Linda

Linda Atnip Hi Dave,

I'm delighted to connect with such an accomplished writer and fellow author here on GR. What are you working on now?

Happy reading & writing,


message 8: by Gary

Gary Revel Thanks for the add DAVE;

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My birth in Alabama, youth, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.

Paperback and for Nook Book-Click Here

message 7: by Beth

Beth Hi Dave,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads! Living in Colorado, the events at Columbine hit close to home, and being a mystery author, I have heard presentations from Colorado police officers who were involved in the investigation.

message 6: by David

David Gallagher Thanks for adding me! I'm a big fan since I first heard about Columbine, about 10 years ago. I really wish I could find your book in this book-deprived country!

PS. I won't say "happy" because it's impossible, but have SOME kind of 11-year anniversary since Columbine today.

Mysterium Wishing you a deep sense of peace and good fortune this holiday season!!!! Happy reading!!!

Pastor Chris

message 4: by Ryan

Ryan i know you've read black hawk down... right? I ran a "compare books" between you and me and it didn't come up... haha

message 3: by Dave

Dave Cullen Goodreads nominated me for "Favorite NONFICTION book of 2009." That made me very happy. If you liked the book, please consider voting for it here:


My category is #3.

Your votes determine the winners.



message 2: by Kelly

Kelly Dave,
I suppose that is what happens when you write with honesty and a good heart. :) I hope for all the best in your writing career.

message 1: by Dave

Dave Cullen Hi. I was amazed and touched to see all the interest in my book here: nearly 500 reviews. Wow.

I'm looking forward to figuring out how to connect with many of you on this site. I'm fumbling my way for now.

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