Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of three novels and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Andrew has also written for Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Italy magazine, Maxim, and more. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Blog: Our Italian Year

Cucina Tipica – An Italian Adventure

Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure is the story of Jacoby Pines, a disheartened American who arrives in Italy on holiday

Outerborough Blues

OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY is an unconventional noir that takes place on the dawn of urban gentrification. Lyrical, atmospheric

The Domino Effect

THE DOMINO EFFECT is award-winning story of Danny Rorro, a charismatic kid from Queens poisoned by the past. A series of painful

Lamb Chops, Jezebel, and Kate Chopin

By Monday, July 11th, 2011 no comments Permalink

  Is there such a thing as modern feminism?   As a composition instructor, the only short-story I routinely keep in my repertoire is “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. It’s a nifty little tale of an aristocratic young woman with a heart condition in late 19th Century Louisiana who finds out that…

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The Shot-in-the-Ass Economy

By Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 no comments Permalink

The continuing political battle regarding the debt ceiling in particular and the overall economy in general relates nicely to a scene in the masterful short-story “Until Gwen” by Dennis Lehane. The main character and his girlfriend are removing a hidden diamond from the room of a drugged nursing-home patient when the owner of that diamond,…

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Scooter, the Big Man, and Me: In Memory of Clarence Clemons

By Monday, June 20th, 2011 no comments Permalink

In the summer of 1975, I was seven years old, and I’d just saved up enough money to buy my first record. I had other albums already: the ones my musician-father gave me as gifts (Wings, Chicago, The Woodstock Soundtrack), and the ones my older brother kept in the room we shared (Zeppelin, The Who,…

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Happy Thursday, Every Thursday

By Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 no comments Permalink

My daughter was born on a Thursday. We’d gone to the hospital with still plenty of Wednesday left, but on that day, complications arrived instead of a child. As the sun sank into the distant horizon and night sifted down onto the city, my wife endured unimaginable things associated with a difficult childbirth. The pregnancy…

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President Obama: Take a Lesson From ‘A Bronx Tale’

By Friday, May 6th, 2011 no comments Permalink

A lot will be made, and rightfully so, of the recent death of Osama bin Laden. Plenty of credit will be spread around, from heroic operatives to intelligence agencies and mostly, perhaps too much, to President Obama. Surely a massive, nationalistic victory will provide the President with a much-needed bump in the polls. Good for…

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