Casey Lyons

Dawn of the Dad

IT’S A COMMERCIAL we’ve all seen a million times: A bumbling guy commits some sort of idiocy, his benevolent wife comes to the rescue, and product shot. For 30 years, this approach has sold everything from yogurt to paper towels…

Try Again

DEVAL PATRICK, MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNORAttempts before passing the California bar exam: ThreeConsidering Patrick’s belief that standardized tests predict success, his failures on the biggest of ’em all are sweet, sweet irony. HARPOON BREWERYAttempts before creating the ideal hard-cider brew: ElevenTrial and…

Wicked Leaks

THE HUB CAN HOLD ON to its history, but that’s about it. Here we examine — and plot on a city map — the various seepages plaguing Boston, from water to natural gas to college graduates. Water World  So we…

Person of Interest: Erin Morgenstern

THERE’S NO SCRIPT for emerging as a publishing phenom, so Erin Morgenstern is having to improvise. When the Boston resident’s debut novel, The Night Circus, a tale of forbidden love, magic, and a mysterious game, hit stores in September, critics…

Jive Turkey

ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO, turkeys changed. The hard and humble, shrink-wrapped lump was deemed too artificial to anchor the Thanksgiving meal. Instead we sought free-range, organically fed heritage breeds that haven’t been seen since Ben Franklin was around. Stillman’s turkey…