Columnist

Carlo Rotella

Carlo Rotella is director of American Studies and professor of English at Boston College. He is the author of Cut Time, Good With Their Hands, and October Cities. He writes for the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine, he is a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and a commentator for WGBH FM, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Harper’s, DoubleTake, Boston, Slate, The Believer, and The Best American Essays. He has held Guggenheim, Howard, and Du Bois fellowships and received the Whiting Writers Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, The American Scholar’s prizes for Best Essay and Best Work by a Younger Writer, and two U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grants from the State Department to lecture in China and Bosnia.

Latest stories

CARLO ROTELLA

Why I’m voting for casino repeal

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The overrated benefits of casinos are short-lived and their underestimated costs linger over the long term.

CARLO ROTELLA

In story of Etan Patz and his killer, a fearful parable

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The case has become a stranger-danger parable with Grimm-like resonance.

CARLO ROTELLA

Good reading for tech crabs

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LibriVox builds a sense of community where I hadn’t realized one could be found.

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Good teachers, memorable lessons

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The familiar back-to-school frenzy tends not to include much appreciation of the craft of teaching.