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.

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A musical ‘Three Musketeers’ worthy of Dumas

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There’s a lesson in the fact that the young composer Michael Thurber’s “play for instruments” was inspired by one of the worst movie adaptations.


Fraternities, sororities make college life worse

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Whatever value they might offer is more than compensated for by the surplus of stupid and mean behavior they produce.


NBC offers aura of nostalgia about boxing

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The network’s experiment consciously recalls two glory-days eras.

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Memory and the Proustian power of bad music

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The songs that take a person back most powerfully are the ones that feel as if they left scars.