How to Be a New Englander

From driving in the snow to underdressing like a pro, a native’s guide to the life skills, social graces, design gambits, revenge tactics, name-dropping stratagems, casseroles, idioms, boat knots, and decapod-crustacean hacks every New Englander should master.

Machine Man

Rodney Brooks has spent his life creating intelligent machines that do our bidding. Some people, however, worry that robots like his will eventually supplant the human workforce. He has a different fear: that in the future, there won’t be enough robots.

One Of Us

I was a typical Southie kid, one of six, born to a single mother, raised in a triple-decker, surrounded by Whitey Bulger’s violence and fierce Irish pride. There was only one thing that kept me on the outside: Despite my mother’s claims to the contrary, we were black.


Northern Exposure

Two years after losing his Senate seat, Scott Brown has fled Massachusetts. Can he convince New Hampshire voters that he’s one of them?


Pick Your Party

Our totally presumptuous, wildly irresponsible guide to choosing a registered fringe party to root for.

Fair Game

The first openly gay Division I basketball player gears up for another season at UMass.

Fashion & Style

All the Trimmings

Shine bright all holiday season in head-turning jewels and dresses designed to dazzle.

On the Market: Hot to Trot

There’s something irresistibly charming about living in a carriage house, especially one with as much character as this one in Newton.

Ring in the New

Surely your little black dress is calling out for this honeyed emerald-cut citrine from Alexandra Mor.

Warming Trend

Cozy basics keep winter at bay at Vince’s two new local stores.

Home & Property


App Happy

Holiday hors d’oeuvres come with calories—and mileage.

Arts & Entertainment

State of the Art

After a six-year, $350 million overhaul, Harvard’s three art museums are now under a single roof for the first time. The new space opens on November 16.