Ten years later, a journalist tries to decipher the motives at Columbine.
A number of people have tried to tell this story in some fashionincluding Gus Van Sant in the film Elephant and in an oblique way Lionel Shriver in We Need to Talk About Kevin, Jim Shepard’s Project X, Douglas Coupland’s Hey Nostradamus!, and Francine Prose’s young adult novel After. Now Denver writer Dave Cullen, who started covering the Columbine story as a journalist from the time it hit the police scanners and lower-third scrawls on cable stations (a distraction now employed by all of TV), has written a formidable treatise after having spent a decade immersed in this story. Aspiring to the benchmarks set by classic crime accounts such as In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter, Columbine (Twelve Publishers) focuses on killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold’s motives and, more palpably, some of the impact (no doubt even 10 years may be too soon to tell) that this horror has had on the community. And now, through the wonderous (sic) confluence of new media and commerce, you can see and hear Cullen tout his book for yourself, in the below video.