Columbine by


  1. "But it is important to acknowledge that Harris and Klebold were human. They weren’t some monster that were so abnormal that we shouldn’t try and figure out what made them act. Understanding doesn’t excuse but it may help in stopping a future murderer."

    I completely agree with this. Of course, knowing they were human doesn't make it any easier to make sense of something like this, If anything the opposite. This sounds like a book I'd love to read sometime, so thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  2. gm davis

    Cullen , who first reported on the story for the online magazine Salon, acknowledges in the book's source notes that thoughts he attributes to Klebold and Harris are conjecture gleaned from the record the pair left behind.

    Jeff Kass takes a more straightforward approach in "Columbine: A True Crime Story," working backward from the events of the fateful day.

    The Denver Post

    Mr. Cullen insists that the killers enjoyed "far more friends than the average adolescent," with Harris in particular being a regular Casanova who "on the ultimate high school scorecard . . . outscored much of the football team." The author's footnotes do not reveal how he knows this; when I asked him about it while preparing this review, Mr. Cullen said he did not necessarily mean to imply that Harris was sexually active. But what else would such words mean?

    "Eric and Dylan never had any girlfriends," the more sober Mr. Kass writes, and were "probably virgins upon death."

    Wall Street Journal

    1. Hi GM Davis, first of all I have to admit that I'm sure Cullen got stuff wrong. He was after all, speculating as well as reporting. However I have no problem understanding that comment as portraying Harris as a fella who was a hit with the ladies, but getting plenty of dates doesn't neccesarily mean sexually active.

      And I would put a lot more store in your rebut if it wasn't posted, verbatim, on plenty of other reviews of Cullen's book. Seems like you have an agenda?
      Twitter: ecnef

  3. I didn't pay too much attention to the hoopla surrounding the shooting after it happened, though I did watch Bowling for Columbine… I remember hardly anything about the movie, but it seems to me that its focus was not on the actual event so much as on the need for better gun control in America. The book sounds compelling and I think I'll try it!

    1. Urgh, Michael Moore annoys me. Though I too have seen Bowling for Columbine :) and like you remember very little of it, but I think it was more about gun control. It is also mentioned in this book as basing its title on a myth that Harris & Klebold went bowling before the shooting. They *did* often go bowling, but not that morning.
      Twitter: ecnef

Comments are closed.