Good Men Project

The Conversation: Let’s Talk About Race

By December 12, 2011 32 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto and Damon Young want to have an ongoing, very frank conversation about race. Here is part one.   Andrew: I’m excited about our conversation. The idea came to me when considering many of the articles submitted to the Good Men Project’s feature on race this past August. There are a lot of…

No Presidential Challengers Have Any Heart

By November 7, 2011 168 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto doesn’t think any of the challengers to President Obama have enough compassion to succeed.   As of last Sunday, the presidential election of 2012 is one year away, and while the general consensus from political pundits, 52 weeks out from the election, is that, given the economic plight of the nation, the…

A Social Person’s Social Media Problem

By October 31, 2011 85 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto is a success at being social, which makes his apparent failure at social media all the more puzzling.   I’m a social person. I do this well. I learned at the hip of my mother, who looked like a model and acted like benevolent royalty. She was engaging and inclusive. The woman…

Fathers, Sons, Dominoes, and Storytelling

By October 18, 2011 50 comments Permalink

Andrew Cotto, author of the new novel “The Domino Effect,” thinks about the most effective ways of telling a story.   I remember talking to a friend in graduate school about a project I’d been working on outside the confines of our MFA program. It was a story about a charismatic kid from Queens, with…

This Is not My Story

By October 15, 2011 119 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto has his story about middle-class debt, but that’s not what this is about.   I was born middle class. My father was a music teacher who drove a Greyhound bus in the summer. As a housewife, my mother worked toward her Bachelor’s degree and also became a teacher. I wore hand-me-down clothes…