Carlo Rotella

Hollywood on the Charles

THERE’S A PRICELESS MOMENT in Gone Baby Gone when a little boy on a bike cuts in front of a car and, when the driver tells him to move, yells back, “Go fuck ya mothah.” It’s pure Boston-style unpleasantness —…

Desperately Seeking Deval

"You could say I’ve been thinking about this house for 50 years," Deval Patrick said one day this summer. He was standing in the airy kitchen of his home in the Berkshires, barefoot, wearing faded jeans and a soft green…

The Argument: Save the Common? Not Without a Fight.

A Boston City Council committee has been working on a plan to fix up the Common, reversing the effects of a quarter-century of creeping seediness. If this neglected treasure actually means as much to the people of Boston as they…

After The Gloves Came Off

Flamboyant manager Norm Stone and sullen world champ John Ruiz turned winning ugly into an art form, then wound up fighting with each other. The ballad of one of the most potent and colorful partnerships—and epic breakups—in Boston sports. There…