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

Nonna’s Independence Day

By Carlo Rotella, Globe Columnist

Because of my immigrant heritage, the Fourth of July reminds me of my Sicilian grandmother.

CARLO ROTELLA

The season of reading bees

By Carlo Rotella, Globe Columnist

It may be a very modest innovation, but it was an inspired one.

CARLO ROTELLA

A grown-up recital, with kid-sized butterflies

By Carlo Rotella, Globe Columnist

It doesn’t matter how old you are — a public performance by a student musician causes dread.

CARLO ROTELLA

Neighborhood has always mattered

By Carlo Rotella, Globe Columnist

People have always organized themselves in space by making distinctions based on some principle, such as wealth or occupation.