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.

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CARLO ROTELLA

When to let youths be youths

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Times have indeed changed, but kids still do profoundly formative things when they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing.

CARLO ROTELLA

Football is on top, for now

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This fall’s wave of criticism and soul-searching about football has already receded into dim memory.

CARLO ROTELLA

Homeless author’s improbable triumph

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During the three years Paul Estes was working on the novel he roughed it outdoors, bedding down in the doorways of stores in Downtown Crossing.

CARLO ROTELLA

In defense of flip phones

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While it can be convenient to be reachable wherever I go, I don’t need or want to be connected to the Internet all the time.