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March 6, 2017
I added "end cards" to my mainColumbine video. I just learned about these, and I'm experimenting, so let me know what you think. Thanks.My publisher hired a great filmmaker from the South Park team to make this tight little video that summarized both the book and the tragedy in three minutes. Obviously, it's just a very basic intro, but for many, it may be a start.And links or embeds are greatly appreciated, always. The link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA22S... all the better if you use anchor text Columbine or Columbine video to link to it. (Just highlight that word or phrase for your hyperlink. Thank you!))
Published on March 06, 2017 12:14 • 23 views
March 4, 2017
An engrossing book came out this week, the only one I chose to blurb this year:The Brain Defense, by Kevin Davis. I tend to hate subtitles, but this one deftly crystallizes what it's about:Murder in Manhattan and The Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms.I think this image also conveys the essence of it—at least the starting point:My take on the book is pretty well summed up in the blurb I wrote for the back cover:The Brain Defenseis a stirring ride into a fascinating new field. Can a tumor or traumatic brain injury explain rape or murder? Can they diminish culpability? If your instinct screams no, read page one. The first staggering case will challenge your assumptions; the book that follows may alter them permanently. The vividness and urgency of Kevin Davis’s storytelling, along with his artful touch, draw you in from the first line, and never let you go.You can read a lot more about it at Davis'Brain Defensesite. He has a lot more interesting pictures there as well.
Published on March 04, 2017 14:47 • 39 views
February 23, 2017
I added morephotos of Eric Harris and Dylan Kleboldto the photos page of myColumbine Guide.I also made the scans much larger on theColumbine killers' autopsiespage, and links to take you to relevant sections like "wound summary," toxicology, and the gastrointestinal section that indicates Dylan had apparently eaten potato skins that morning.And I added a commentary page toDylan Klebold's journal.
Published on February 23, 2017 08:37 • 48 views
February 18, 2017
I sure was a happy little toddler. I'm gushing in most of the pix, and my mom confirms I really was. For what it's worth, that's my sense of the period, too.I'm on the right, the youngest at this point. Five more kids to come.My older siblings seem pretty happy, too. And I remember that shirt with the doggie on it! I loved that thing. (I guess my younger brother wore it much later, so I'd keep seeing it again.)I'm a little younger in this next one, but happier. The caption from one of my siblings cracked me up. Hard to argue with that. :)(I forgot to hit Post on Thursday. Whoops. So it's kinda TBS. I'm OK with that.)
Published on February 18, 2017 09:45 • 30 views
February 13, 2017
Right before the big snowstorm last Thursday, it was a gorgeous spring-like day in NYC, so I hopped on a citibike and rode to three favorite stores to signColumbinecopies:The StrandMcNally JacksonBarnes & Noble Union SquareAll three ship worldwide, and I try to keep a copies on hand at some or all of them for you to order. (I still get regular requests, so I try to keep some available.)I keep the Buy section at the bottom of myColumbinepage updated with their contact info, and when I last signed. Check there if you're interested.All the copies were the new expanded edition, except one copy at The Strand, which is a hardcover. (Great if you're into hardcovers, but know that it lacks the 50 pages of material we've added since then.)That's my bike helmet with the Strand copies in the first pic.Also cool to see B&N still has a generous stack ofColumbineon their Non-Fiction Favorites table on the ground floor, near the entrance. Thank you!
Published on February 13, 2017 09:05 • 20 views
February 11, 2017
The second-coolest thing about growing an amaryllis, is that it takes all year. For a guy not known for patience, it's pretty damn cool to nurture this guy for 12 months and finally see him pop.Here he was Monday, right on the verge:And by Friday, he had popped wide open--first 2 of hopefully eight. If I recharged him enough, he's got to more coming on this stalk, so he'll soon be trumpeting in all 4 directions. And before those wilt, he'll send up a second stalk, with 4 more. Hopefully.Meanwhile, he's sure making my kitchen brighter.
Published on February 11, 2017 12:13 • 28 views
February 7, 2017
Sue Klebold'sA Mother's Reckoningcomes out in paperback today, with a new preface by Sue. (Of course it's Sue's memoir of her son Dylan Klebold and his role inColumbine.)I vividly recall the hardcover book's release last February. I watched her 20/20 Interview with Diane Sawyer intently, and stayed up until 7 a.m. writing my reaction forVanity Fair:Columbine Author Dave Cullen on Sue Klebold's First TV Interview ...(Then I went to bed, and was awoken at 9 a.m., as agreed, by my editor with his edits to go through and hash out the changes for the next few hours.)I had a lot of murder stuff going on in my life just then, and as I started reading Sue's book, I was quite taken by it, but I felt another bout ofPTSDcoming on. Sometimes I brush off those early warnings, always with shitty consequences, so this time, I put it down.(Maybe it being a book about the horrific consequences of brushing off depression helped!)I'm really eager to hear the rest of Sue Klebold's story, so I decided to pick it up again today, but now I can't find it. Hmmmmm. I know it's in here somewhere. I REALLY need to re-organize my home library.(Digression: I loved the way it was organized in Denver, but the one thing I regret about my move to NYC was believing everyone who assured me I'd have no space and needed to unload most of my 500 books. What a terrible loss that was. I saved about 100, and I've built close to 300 back rapidly, but they came so fast, and I kept creating new shelves for them, so they're too haphazard and now I can't find anything. Sigh. A big project for a day I REALLY want to procrastinate! Haha.)Anyway, I will plunge back in soon, and let you know what I think. I read a bit of it in galleys. I helped Sue fact-check the pages on the actual shootings, and was really impressed by the way she handled that very tricky aspect.I was incredibly impressed again last week, by the brave TED Talk Sue posted: "My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story, by Sue Klebold." (A bit onmy response to it here.)BTW, I redid my website over Christmas, and then started on recreating The Columbine Guide in a new format, and I keep adding more material, most recentlyDylan Klebold's "Senior Predictions"--that's as heartbreaking as it sounds.
Published on February 07, 2017 10:55 • 33 views
February 6, 2017
Today I uploaded Eric Harris' kind of shocking 'Hitmen For Hire' school assignmenttoThe Columbine Guide. It's dated four months before the Columbine massacre. It accompanies the video of the same name that Eric made with Dylan Klebold, their most notorious production, in retrospect. At the time, it was easily written off as an absurdist spoof.This assignment is Eric's business plan for "Hitmen For Hire," including an overview of the "product," business organization, plans for fundraising and advertising. (See the TOC.)You can read his whole plan at the guide (it's a quick read), and there's a link to the video there, too.I am adding more material to The Columbine Guide each day, and I think I've fixed all the links that went bad over the 15 years or so since I first created it.
Published on February 06, 2017 19:05 • 27 views
February 4, 2017
I totally overhauled myColumbine Guidesite the past few weeks, with a new look, new org, and fixed 17 years' worth of broken links.Now that it's easier to get to everything I'm adding more material every few days, especially from the big reservoir of thewritings of Eric Harrisand Dylan Klebold about Columbine.Today I addedDylan Klebold's heartbreaking essay, "Senior Predictions."It's only 2 pages, yet captures an alternate life--what could have been, if he had not gone along with Eric Harris's plan to attack Columbine.(At the time Dylan wrote this, Eric and Dylan had already chosen the general time and place for the attack months earlier. ButDylan Klebold's journalindicates that he had no intention of going through with it: he was planning to commit suicide long before. But he didn't seem to find the will to do the suicide on his own, and Eric offered another way out.)On a related note, see myprevious post on Sue Klebold. Sue released a really wonderful TED Talk about Dylan and Columbine two days ago, and she has inspired me to dig out a few more items on Dylan that I have not looked at for years, but is probably new to many of you.
Published on February 04, 2017 17:53 • 30 views
February 2, 2017
Sue Klebold just posteda TED talk. I haven't watched it yet. Bracing.I'll try to watch tonight. I posted on FB, and already getting great responses from readers. Sue is pretty impressive, so I have little doubt that it's brace and candid and touching.Here's a quote from it: "The stubborn belief that we are somehow different, that someone we love would never think of hurting themselves or someone else, can cause us to miss what's hidden in plain sight."I'll update once I've seen it.Update:I just watched. Really brave. Really powerful. And less painful (for me) than I expected.It was actually a relief because the emotional distance she has gone just in the past year--since she did the first round of interviews--is so palpable. (Who knows if she feels that way every day, but she comes across so much more at peace with it now, which put me at more peace.)It's always there, always will be, always horrible, but it feels now that she's far enough to examine it closely and thoughtfully, and . . . this feels like an odd word, but elegantly.
Published on February 02, 2017 16:13 • 37 views
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