About Andrew Cotto

Andrew Cotto is the author of THE DOMINO EFFECT and OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY. His novels can be found at Amazon and Barnes&Noble.  Learn more about Andrew at his website.

Can’t We All Agree?

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Andrew Cotto watches while our collective conversations around hot-button topics become ugly, hyperbolic and rarely productive. Andrew suggests we’re not so divided after all. Can’t we all agree the First Lady is awesome?

Did Our Beliefs About Violence Play a Part in Setting George Zimmerman Free?

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Andrew Cotto believes the association society has with black men and violence played a part in the jury’s decision not to convict George Zimmerman.

I Was Depressed Until I Played Basketball


Volunteering to coach your son’s first grade basketball team is one kind of pain, being forced to play for the first time in 20 years led Andrew Cotto to a much different feeling

Tough Guy

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Mike O’Shea was a physically powerful and courageous man, but what made him a hero to his lifelong friend, Andrew Cotto, was his capacity for love.

America Has a Macho Problem

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Andrew Cotto wonders why we are so enthralled by the “tough is good” male stereotype.

Jamal Simmons on Being a Good Man in Politics


Andrew Cotto talks man-to-man with political analyst Jamal Simmons about the greatest social problems facing America, President Obama’s legacy, and what it takes to be a good man in politics.

A Bloop Single Cost Me My Perfect Game, But I Redeemed Myself In My Book


Our friends at Deadspin run a series called “Glory Days”, that features readers’ tales of momentary sports glory.

Men in the Margins


Too often men are either reduced to”cute boys” or “terrible human beings”.

Elephant on a Hot Tin Roof

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Andrew Cotto notes the similarities between Tennessee William’s play and his view of the Republican Party.

A “Good” Presidential Candidate Is Hard to Find

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Andrew Cotto looks for the good in these men of Politics and God.

A Valentine for Karen


Andrew Cotto remembers the wife of an old friend.

The Fairness Gap


Just as capitalism is part of our democracy, Andrew Cotto writes, so is fairness.

No Presidential Challengers Have Any Heart


Andrew Cotto doesn’t think any of the challengers to President Obama have enough compassion to succeed.

A Social Person’s Social Media Problem

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Andrew Cotto is a success at being social, which makes his apparent failure at social media all the more puzzling.

Fathers, Sons, Dominoes, and Storytelling

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Andrew Cotto, author of the new novel “The Domino Effect,” thinks about the most effective ways of telling a story.

This Is not My Story

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Andrew Cotto has his story about middle-class debt, but that’s not what this is about.