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([personal profile] saturn Apr. 20th, 2009 08:30 pm)
My laptop was attacked by an evil virus yesterday and I had to take it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy for help. With no computer and an open house forcing me to vacate for the afternoon, I settled in at a coffee shop with Columbine by David Cullen. I didn't move until I finished the book hours and hours later.

Based on 10 years of research and in-depth interviews, Cullen delivers a compelling, gut wrenching account of the Columbine school shooting. Without excessive sensationalism, he takes readers into Columbine high school on April 20, 1999 all the while bringing us forward into the lives of the victims and into the past of the killers with an aim to answer, “Why?” Cullen also examines the implications of missteps by the local sheriff’s department and misreporting by the media that had a lasting effect on public perception of this tragedy.

I say “without ‘excessive’ sensationalism” because there were a few moments where I felt he went too far but those were few and far between and I have tremendous respect for his decision not to include photos of the victims or the killers.

Reading the book, it was clear that my prior knowledge of the shooting was entirely based on incorrect, initial media reports – two bullied loners were pushed over the edge and resorted to murder. By Cullen’s account, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The killers walked slowly, carefully, and with full intent to that edge – an angry depressed teenager led by a psychopath.

The book isn’t an easy read but it’s a damn engaging one.

And, okay, I didn’t intend to write quite that much about “Columbine” but there you have it.

What else?

  • The Christmas episode of The Big Bang Theory is on!!

  • I’m posting from my work laptop. Mine is still in the care of Best Buy. The fix wasn’t enough to justify a new one but, gosh darn, I really want a Mac. Someday.

  • Stephen Hawking has been hospitalized. :/

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