Francis Storrs

New England’s Best Small Towns: Putnam, CT

  Putnam’s pretty downtown hosts a wealth of shops, such as Vintage to Vogue (art deco furniture), Wonderland Comics (vintage X-Men!), and the 40-dealer-strong Jeremiah’s (dishes, dishes, dishes). All that pales, though, in comparison with the Antiques Marketplace. The largest…

Dispatch: Sex and the School District

Desperate to catapult its schools into the upper ranks, Arlington brought in a savvy businessman to be its superintendent. But then came the threats, and the raunchy e-mails, and the scandal that showed just how divided the town really is.

Builder's Notebook: One Year, One House

THE BACKSTORYAfter bouncing around the country for nearly a decade, Sundar Srinivasan and Lara Bodie bought their first house, a five-bedroom English cottage in Brookline. Embarking on their maiden renovation project, the couple enlisted the help of construction consultant Bruce…

The Dan Brown Code

PrologueMarch 2003 IT WAS LIKE A SCENE RIPPED FROM THE PAGES OF A THRILLER. Dan Brown was startled by the ring of his cell phone. He was at a Starbucks in Seattle, alone and sipping a cup of dark coffee….

Exhibit B: The Dunkin' Diaspora

Of all the creamy, crunchy, powdered, and besprinkled creations dreamed up by the Dunkin’ Donuts R&D team, some of the most exotic have been inspired by the palates of customers overseas. Among the offerings tailored for the Canton-based company’s 2,440…

Dispatch: Building a Better Wiener

We may not have Chicago’s famous stockyards or New York’s abundance of hot dog carts, but the Boston appetite for frankfurters is unmatched. The statistics speak for themselves. Each year in those two supposed capitals of wienerdom, the average resident…

Exhibit B: Landmarks Hero Squares

Driving through Boston, it can seem that every other intersection you pass is named for someone you’ve never heard of. Given our city’s patronage-heavy history, you might guess the plaques are sops to bygone political cronies, but in fact some…

Exhibit B: John Updike's Doodles

John Updike enrolled at Harvard in 1950 with dreams of becoming not an author, but a professional cartoonist. During his freshman year, he started drawing for the Harvard Lampoon, hoping it would land him his ultimate job: Disney animator. Over…

Exhibit B: The Ice Cyclist

Extreme biker Lucas Brunelle likes nothing more than riding where he doesn’t belong. He has risked international incident with a spin on the Great Wall of China, and pedaled through the Big Dig tunnels before they were opened to traffic….