Good Men Project

Obama’s Speech Won’t Matter Because He’s ‘Black’

By September 7, 2011 3 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto argues that there are some people for whom it does not matter what the president does or does not say; they only care about the color of his skin.   President Obama will be addressing a joint session to both houses of Congress this week. The subject will be our nation’s deeply…

A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

By August 15, 2011 2 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto talks with the bestselling author about writing, books as movies, and the role of art in society.   Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels-including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a…

Going Out to Eat Has Nothing to Do With the Food

By August 2, 2011 2 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto’s grand dreams of a fancy birthday dinner with his best friend, Mike, end in disappointment.   I grew up with great food and really got into what I considered to be “fine dining” in my mid-20s when I made good money and had an expense account. And since that time, I’d been…

What 10 Albums Would You Want on a Deserted Island?

By July 21, 2011 2 comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto has his ten albums. What are yours?   I recently wrote about the Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run. It was the death of Clarence Clemons that inspired me to reflect on all the specific memories brought about by that iconic cover. Thinking about the photo of Clarence and Bruce on Born…

It’s Time for the President to Shine

By July 15, 2011 2 comments Permalink

A few months ago, on the heels of President Obama’s stirring appearance at the National Correspondent’s Dinner, I encouraged him to be more available. I encouraged him to not only be seen more often, but to be assertive in his criticism of those Republican rivals being actively disingenuous or flat-out lying. Now would be a…