"The Columbine Effect: How five teen pastimes got caught in the crossfire and why teens are taking them back," is out now. You can buy it at many online bookstores, and order it from just about any brick-and-mortar bookshop. The Kindle version is available exclusively on Amazon.
To celebrate the book's release, I did an interview with Laura Barcella, one of the editors at xoJane. Here's an excerpt:
What were your own teen years like? Do you have any personal history or affinity for the 5 teen pastimes referenced in your book's title?
I fell in love with heavy metal when I was about 16. And I was struck, for example, by how a fast thrash song like Metallica’s “Damage, Inc.” would make me feel giddy and bouncy, instead of surly and angry -- as metal’s critics suggested it would. I’ve listened to metal consistently since I was a teenager and it almost never fails to make me feel good, but until I read academic research on the genre, particularly Jeffrey Jensen Arnett’s “Metalheads,” I figured I was an outlier. It turns out that most fans of metal say that it calms them down, picks them up, and makes them feel better. That discovery was one of many that sparked my interest in writing this book. I wanted to show that the reality of these pastimes is vastly different from what we hear about in the news.
Read the whole Q&A here.