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Dave Cullen

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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:

http://davecullen.com/soldiers-first-...(less)
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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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As I read, my love/hate relationship evolved: more loving by the middle, but then really despising the last 100 pages.

All I really found interesting were some of the ideas discussed, but even more so, vivid fragmentary pictures of the various states...more
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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”
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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
random love
and abandoned love.
Accidentally like a martyr.
The hurt gets worse, and the heart gets harder.”
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cos I knew where you would be
An if you're in the Crown tonight
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But go easy...step lightly...stay free
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“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:

http://www.davecullen.com/read/gays-i...


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,

Linda


message 8: by Gary

Gary Revel Thanks for the add DAVE;

My Memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT
At Barnes and Noble

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:

http://www.goodreads.com/award/goodre...

My category is #3.

Your votes determine the winners.

Thanks.

Dave


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.
-K.L.


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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