Googled: Carlo Rotella

Published: December 2010

Carlo Rotella is a professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at Boston College. He’s also the author of three works of nonfiction—October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature (1998), Good With Their Hands: Boxers, Bluesmen, and Other Characters from the Rust Belt (2002), and Cut Time: An Education at the Fights (2003)—and of essays and reporting in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, and numerous other publications. Rising early to write between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., Rotella is a regular columnist for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor of essays to WGBH public radio. He joined the English department in 2000 and says of his work as a writer, teacher, and administrator, “You can think about it in either of two ways—everything is the antidote to everything else, or they’re all aspects of one project, which is to think analytically about culture.”

Below is a sampling of Rotella’s journalism from the past year.

This feature was posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 and is filed under Research.
Photograph: Suzanne Camarata