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Dave Cullen

Dave Cullen
New York, New York, USA
June 03
Written for NY Times, W Post, Slate, Salon, Daily Beast. Publisher Twelve (Hachette)
An expanded paperback edition of my book COLUMBINE came out March 1, 2010. Links to the book and my bio below: http://www.davecullen.com/columbine.htm

NOVEMBER 17, 2010 10:51PM


Patti Smith won the National Book Award!

Amazing. It's nice to see these things go to great talents. Patti is right there at the top.

Full winners' list here. The photo was texted to me by my friend Dennis Grech, the lucky bastard who was there for Tom Wolfe. Look how happy…

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Sara Zarr has weighed in on the year she just spent on the judging panel for one of the four National Book Awards. (She's in the Young People's Literature category, where she was a 2007 finalist for Story of a Girl.)

Sara abides by the agreement not to divulge any arguments or/…

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The National Book Awards will be announced at a dinner tomorrow night. (I'll be following the live tweets by the foundation that puts them on.)

My congratulations go to all the nominees, but I'm rooting like crazy for Patti Smith in the nonfiction category, for her memoir, Just Kids. (It's abou/…

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Yahoo is moving hard after the content market now. They bought Associated Content for $100 million this spring, and now they are grabbing professional writers and journalists to build entertainment sites.

Word leaked today that they hired New York Magazine writer Will Leitch as one of the editors for…

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One of the best organizations I've encountered in the journalism field the past ten years has been The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which is now part of the Columbia Journalism School.
I'm an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center, and part of the Dart Society, which is launching an… Read full post »

Washington Post headline:

The paper broke the story of what the long-awaited study will reveal:
A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolate… Read full post »
Happy Veterans Day to everyone serving in the military right now, or earlier in your life.

I just had my old yearbooks from infantry training at Ft. Benning shipped here from storage in Denver, because I'm working on a story.

Man, those brought back a flood of memories. They make the day feel…

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Publishers Weekly unveiled its 100 Best Books of 2010 list today, and the Top Ten is remarkably similar to Amazon's last week.

They share six of the same top ten titles:
Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 7, 2010 5:00PM

The NYC Marathon on one leg

Congratulations, John Devine. Congratulations on completing the New York City Marathon. And thank you for being hero today.

I was worn out this morning and ready for a day of rest. I settled in to watch the climax of the NYC marathon on the TV, even though the finish line was one… Read full post »

Third in a series for writers and journalists.

This third installment on interviewing comes at the job differently than the previous two. I suggest you only skim the list, and glean from it the following: 
  • You're hunting for a whole lot of things from sources, and most can only provide some of
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Halloween now marks the kickoff of the annual book best lists. I think that's way too early, but I'm very happy with what I see.

Amazon unveiled a remarkable Top Ten this morning:

My favorite part of their write-up:
"one thing that struck me about the top books on our list is how many… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 4, 2010 9:30AM

I need (specific) sleep advice

Just to be clear from the outset, I am not not NOT looking for general advice on sleeping better. (Was that clear?) I've read lots and lots on sleep, and I'm gathering data to see a professional. But I have a couple specific questions where I'd love some help:

1. A sleep… Read full post »
I finally followed through on a promise made months ago, and started capturing snippets of my new life in Manhattan on youtube.

Click to view at youtube(I moved from Denver July 12, after threatening to do it for a good thirty to forty years.)

The first installment is on my neighborhood on the…

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 2:50PM

(500) Days of Summer

I finally got to (500) Days of Summer this weekend, and it's the best movie I've seen in quite awhile.

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are magnetic. I believed them both completely, and couldn't take my eyes off them. They are both going to be huge one of these days.

The direction/…

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Time for Project Runway to consider new judges.

I am a bit late to the party on that one, because I felt no sense of urgency in watching the inevitable of their finale this year. I was eager to get the full view of Mondo's collection, and watch him beam when they…

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OCTOBER 29, 2010 4:01PM

Ten Interview Tips: Mechanics

Second in a series for writers and journalists.

Ten Interview Tips: Mechanics
  1. Document every call. Even 2-minute follow-ups. Log time, date, name, #, in advance.

  2. Write constantly, but paraphrase most: bullet points, key phrases, important ideas. Only get full quote when it’s quotable.
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I first bought my name back in 1999, I believe. It was DavidCullen.com back then because some early Dave adopter grabbed the version of our name I wanted before it occurred to me.

Today: Oct 2010Today, I submit my fourth all-new look from the course of that decade. I created it myself,…

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A huge study came out yesterday, with dismal findings on bullying.

The report statement begins:
 According to a new study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics (the largest ever undertaken of the attitudes and conduct of high school students), half of all high school students (50 percent) admit th… Read full post »
First in a series on advice about writing, publishing, etc., for writers and journalists.

I get asked about writing and reporting every week, and I've been promising to get some ideas down for students and aspiring writer/journos. As I create them, I'll stash them all on the new Advice for Writers pag…

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OCTOBER 25, 2010 8:32PM

Why Keith Richards is still doing it

I just read this Keith Richards quote from his new autobiography.

"People say 'why don't you give it up?' I don't think they quite understand. I'm not doing it just for the money, or for you. I'm doing it for me." —Keith Richards

OK, I needed to hear that. Because I have said/…

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OCTOBER 22, 2010 4:41PM

Never pick up a burning-hot burner

I wonder whether the Yale students I spoke to Monday noticed the blister protruding a quarter inch out of my thumb. It's hard to illustrate the depth into this pic (I didn't really get the angle right), but it was fully inflated when I arrived in New Haven Sunday night.

I moved/…

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OCTOBER 21, 2010 4:46PM

I'm on Spike TV Saturday on Columbine

This Saturday morning, Spike TV is rerunning the “Don’t Be a Victim†show on Columbine that featured me.

They use me as the sort of guide through the story for the first half of the 30-minute segment. It first ran a few months ago, but I didn't say much in advance,…

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The fall issue of The Coachella Review is out.

It features
The review is put out by the Creative Writing MFA program at The University of California, Riverside—Pa…

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OCTOBER 19, 2010 11:41AM


Yikes. I never let the fridge get this bare. Usually I've got shit piled all on top of itself.

The cupboard is stripped, too. All the soups, the bread, fruit . . . I've got coffee.

I've got a voracious appetite/metabolism, and I crash hard when I don't eat. But I've been/…

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OCTOBER 17, 2010 7:12PM

I might be in NJ--Train-ride up to Yale

I barely made it, of course. Haha. My subway hit Penn Station ten minutes before departure time, and I wasn't sure where Amtrack was in that place, but seemed like enough time.

My credit card has been over-swiped, though, and the kiosk kept rejecting it. The human ticket line was way… Read full post »