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Andrew Cotto
Andrew Cotto is the author of The Domino Effect and Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Men's Journal, Salon, Deadspin, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and the Good Men Project. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about Andrew at his website and follow him on facebook, twitter and Pinterest.

Entries by Andrew Cotto

Best. Summer. Ever.

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 11:02 AM

Ten years ago I changed careers. One of the appeals of becoming a teacher -- in my case, a college professor of English -- was the time off. I remembered the end-of-school, coming-of-summer feeling as a student, and the promise that those pending months of freedom held. And, of course,...

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Lacrosse Beats Baseball for Our Boys

(7) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:21 PM

As this winter, straight from the ironic depths of heaven's fiery antithesis, comes slowly to an end, and the layers of snow and ice begin to recede from sidewalks and meadows and yards, there are probably more than a few parents of young boys who are -- perhaps unconsciously, perhaps,...

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Cop Story (Too)

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 7:42 PM

I went to a reading last month to celebrate the release of Prison Noir, a collection of stories written exclusively by men and women, currently or formerly, incarcerated in the American prison system. Esteemed and never-incarcerated author Joyce Carol Oates edited the collection and spoke with great empathy that evening...

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End of the Writer/Teacher?

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Imagine a young Ernest Hemingway in the 21st century. He's abroad for a few months in Paris and arrives at the home of Gertrude Stein to sip Sancerre and discuss writing and other writers and those things a fledgling author and his accomplished mentor might chat about after a day...

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Field Trip to the American Dream

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:34 PM

My English composition class at a CUNY school resembles a Benetton ad minus the posing and singular fashion aesthetic. I could run the numbers, but I don't need to make like Nate Silver to prove my class is almost entirely of immigrants or first generation Americans. This makes things particularly...

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What Ever Happened to Sportsmanship?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:47 PM

My 7-year-old son likes the 49ers. They're his second favorite team (next to our beloved Giants). I remember as a little kid liking lots of teams. It was a product, I believe, of curiosity and wonder about other places, other people. In light of the 49ers revelation, I told my...

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An Adjunct's Odyssey

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:53 PM

As an adjunct instructor in higher education, September's editorial about the death in destitution of Margaret Mary Vojtko, after 25 years of service at Duquesne University, is particularly heart-breaking and alarming. I imagine her story being similar to many others, including my own.

After a decade in the...

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Charles Barkley Is a Role Model (Sort Of)

(90) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Charles Barkley declared in 1993 that he was not a role model. After a career of clumsy comments, it was possibly the most insightful thing he'd said up to that point (even if his intention wasn't to be self-reflective). We as a society don't need wisdom bestowed upon us from...

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Dog Days Are Over (Thanks to the Dog)

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Our family of four has been in a funk. My 11-year-old daughter became a tweener, so she's been spending a lot of voluntary time in her room alone. My 7-year-old son has become a wiener, at times, so he's been spending a lot of involuntary time in his room alone....

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My Dear Friend Is Getting Married Today

(25) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 10:00 AM

It is July 14, 2013, and my dear friend is getting married today. Like me, he's in his mid-40s; unlike me, and almost all of our peers, he's never been married. Not even close.

My friend chose the song for his wedding. It's a modern ballad by a modern...

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Generation Yawn

(103) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 7:14 AM

We were sitting in a booth at a roadside restaurant. We'd driven 10 hours that day, on our way home to New York, through the hills and hollows and flatlands of a bleary winter stretch of the Carolinas into Virginia. The hotel we had checked into was a discount chain...

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An Interview With Dennis Lehane

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Dennis Lehane is the author of ten novels -- including New York Times bestsellers Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island, The Given Day, and Moonlight Mile, as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. His latest bestseller, Live By Night, recently won the prestigious Edgar...

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Two Languages for Every Child

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 3:56 PM

As a little kid, I was exposed to the Sicilian dialect that was my grandfather's only language, though none of it stuck beyond his imperatives of "Mangia. Mangia." When my grandfather died, when I was 10, the second language of our family died as well. In high school and college,...

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America Has a Macho Problem

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:49 PM

America has a macho problem. Too much of our culture is informed by the idea of manhood being defined by toughness. We love the idea of the bad ass as the good guy, doling out physical justice to those who have it coming. The archetypal American "hero" is often promoted...

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The October Outrage

(3) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:47 PM

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...

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Parental Inspired Nostalgia

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 11:25 AM

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...

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Happy Thursday, Every Thursday

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 11:36 AM

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...

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The Maddening Math of Being a Writer

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 8:37 PM

As a creative person, I've always had a distaste for math. Me and numbers just never got along. If there was a numerical equivalent of dyslexia, I'd have it. Two times. I've often joked that my talents lie so heavily on the right side of my brain, my head tilts...

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A Social Person's Social Media Problem

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 6:44 PM

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 of personal...

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I Have a Friend

(70) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 5:05 PM

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 together...

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