Alexandra Hall

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Hollywood has always walked a fine line between philosophy and fluff. It's a line actress Elizabeth Banks has memorized like so many others, jumping from appearances in Sex and the City to Chekhov onstage, and from spoofs like Wet Hot…

Merry + Bright

Some couples like to labor over their holiday dinner — waking at 5 a.m. to dress the goose, constructing elaborate hors d'oeuvres, deglazing sauces by hand. Natalie van Dijk Carpenter and her husband, Curt Carpenter, have cooked up another way…

The New Brahmins

Murray Forbes III is out of breath. Dressed in a square-shouldered tweed jacket accented with a navy handkerchief, plaid oxford shirt, and paisley tie, he surges forward, dark bangs flopping over widened eyes and smoothly sculpted cheekbones as he pulls…

Social Climbing

“Is there ever going to be a sign up there?” The man posing the question points to a thick, vaguely tortured metal coil above the door of Temple Place's latest nightspot, Limbo. It's hard to tell exactly why he's asking….

The Quick Fix

When it comes to plastic surgery, I am, for better or for worse, a product of Boston's puritanical milieu. Sure, everyone should do what needs to be done to make themselves feel attractive, but within limits; unless plastic surgery is…

The Mating Habits of the Suburban High School Teenager

Four South Shore teenagers are packed into a new, parentally subsidized, white compact car, which is driving too fast down Route 53. They have plenty of gas, no homework, and a whole night to kill. The only problem is, they…

The Tao of Schlow

It was all about the capicola. There you were one night last summer in the enoteca of Via Matta. Let's say, hypothetically, that the tiles were shimmering on the wall behind you, reflecting glitter from the diamonds on the swirl…

Summer Entertaining

Some of the most memorable celebrations showcase a sense of style. Others display joy in an occasion. But ask Hadley Pollet what draws her back to her family's windswept Martha's Vineyard farm for some of her most momentous gatherings, and…

Girls With Guns

Christie Caywood is feeling good. Really good. She's been at the firing range for less than five minutes, and already she's hit a bull's-eye. Brass shell casings from her .22-caliber Smith & Wesson are piled around her feet, and her…

We'll Always Have Paris.

I'd heard the rumors whispered at cocktail parties and wine bars, and bandied about in e-mails ever since I'd moved back to Boston from the 12th arrondissement: Paris was changing. The staunchly nationalist grande dame of a city, it was…