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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…

Parental Inspired Nostalgia

By October 17, 2011 152 comments Permalink

I must be nostalgic. Both of my novels are set in the early 90s. A time when media was a mix of radio, music videos and a handful of decent cable channels. Personal communication mostly took place face to face, through letters or our parents’ telephone lines. Video games were still played in arcades. Adage…

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…

The October Outrage

By October 12, 2011 134 comments Permalink

The presidential election was going exactly as many informed observers had expected. The narrative seemed obvious, to many of us, all along. I predicted in July 2011 that Mitt Romney would win the Republican nomination. A year out from the election, I challenged the notion that an Obama reelection was hampered by economic calculus because…