Andrew Cotto

Andrew Cotto
Brooklyn, New York,
July 01
Andrew Cotto is the author of THE DOMINO EFFECT and OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times,, Men's Journal, Deadspin, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and the Good Men Project. He holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School. More information about the author can be found at


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Editor’s note: Jamal Simmons is one of the most respected political analysts of his generation. During the 2010 congressional election he was the Democratic political analyst for CBS News and before that a fixture on CNN during the 2008 election. His views and opinions have been featurRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2012 7:22PM

Our Italian Year - May

One of the coolest things about living in Bagno a Ripoli was that while it was merely a few miles from the city proper of Florence, it was also the northern tip of one of Italy’s most famous wine regions, accessed by one of the country’s most glorious… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2012 3:44PM

That 70s Story


I must be nostalgic. Both of my novels are set in the early 90s, a time when media was music videos and a handful of decent TV channels. Personal communication mostly took place face to face or through letters or our parent’s telephone lines. Video games were still mostlyRead full post »

APRIL 5, 2012 10:01AM

Elephant on a Hot Tin Roof


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a legendary play about a wealthy Southern family in the 1950s crumbling under the weight of its fractured legacy and tragic truths. A dramatic and moving narrative, Tennessee Williams’ play has much in common with the way I see theRead full post »


I’m not a religious person (on paper). My parents, both Italian-Americans and both burdened by the religious dogma of their upbringings, decided not raise their children in the Catholic Church. Unlike many of my friends growing up outside New York City in the 70s, I did… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 8:57PM

A Valentine for Karen (one year gone)

Our Italian Year -February: AValentine for Karen

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February 12, 2012

Andrew Cotto remembers the wife of an old friend.

Instead of delving into the details of a wet and… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 3:36PM

Our Italian Year - January

Melancholy arrived with the New Year. The novelty of our living in Italy had diminished somewhat. We’d fallen into a routine, and we also happened to be three months into a heavy rainy season. The sound of steady sheets on our terracotta roof had grown increasingly intolerable.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2011 5:18PM

Our Italian Year - December

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DECEMBER 7, 2011 10:46AM

The Shot-in-the-Ass Economy

July 6, 2011 By Andrew Cotto 

The continuing political battle regarding the debt ceiling in particular and the overall economy in general relates nicely to a scene in the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2011 9:18AM

Our Italian Year - November

The harvest hit its peak in early November. The whole commune buzzed with activity involved in the picking and processing of grapes and olives. In every grove,

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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 play. He is currently at work on a new book set during prohibition/… Read full post »

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 Democratic administration is surely in jeopardy. But I’d argue it… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2011 12:25PM

A Social Person's Social Media Problem

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 could start a party in a line at the bank. She showed me the power… Read full post »


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 the nickname of Domino, who gave up on the idea of being… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 10:18AM

This Is not My Story

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 and had/…

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OCTOBER 17, 2011 10:13AM

"Our Italian Year" - October

Our Italian Year – October

Our new home had a large terracotta terrace on three sides and an olive grove for a backyard. A sagging fig tree

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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 to Run, and all… Read full post »

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

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 10:21PM

Lamb Chops, Jezebel, and Kate Chopin

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Lamb Chops, Jezebel, and Kate Chopin

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 10:02PM

A Good Lesson from a Bad Night at Per Se

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Going Out to Eat Has Nothing to Do With the Food

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 9:50PM

500 Thursdays

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500 Thursdays

August 31, 2011 By Andrew Cotto 24 Comments

For Andrew Cotto’s daughter, every Thursday is a special day.

My daughter was born on a Thursday.… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 11:14AM

Finding Julian

Upon hearing that our second child would be a boy, I walked out of the doctor’s office, crossed 8th Avenue, and stepped into a Mexican restaurant to drink something with tequila in it.

Then I drank another.

My wife would have joined in the drinking, but she was far… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 6:15PM

I Have a Friend

I have a friend. He’s a brilliant writer. He’s into clothes and music and food. He probably spends too much time on Gawker. He’s kind and supportive and a little snarky at times, too. He’s also gay. His partner is a slightly-older scientist of some kind. They’ve been… Read full post »