James Burnett

The Life of the Party

If you want to mingle with the crème de la crème at one of James Mitchell’s parties, you have to measure up to the host’s strict criteria. As he takes pains to note, he throws the events as a “pro…

Reading Between the Lines

After the final slice of carved turkey had been polished off and the last guests had straggled out, some Boston Globe news staffers would recall their 2005 holiday party as an oddly spirited affair. Paid for with a combination of…

What We Learned On Our Summer Vacation

At around 6 p.m. on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, the shiny, worldly, more tolerant New Boston the event's local organizers were so fervently trying to showcase materialized on the corner of Congress and New Chardon. In…

Natalie Jacobson Has News For You

Her fork and knife resting on a plate of half-eaten gourmet pizza, Natalie Jacobson leans back slightly in her seat, fending off tears. Never surrendering her perfect posture or famous poise, she quickly stifles the emotion and exhales. “Wow. I’m…

Weather. Or Not.

Television meteorologists love snow. They love forecasting it, or trying to, even if they detest shoveling it or driving in it. This is perhaps why they're always smiling as they give word of our impending sore backs, spinouts, and slush-soaked…

The Silent Partner

Before we get started, we should probably make this much clear: He's not Robert Kennedy. u It's easy to understand why some people have that idea. Certainly, the similarities are there, what with his playing loyal protector and most trusted…

Romancing the Stone

As wonders go, the Nobleman is a bit on the small side, no bigger than a cantaloupe and without the dizzying bulk of the pyramids or the Great Sphinx. Carved more than 3,800 years ago in Egypt from a block…

The Blonde Bombshell

By all accounts, it was a fairy-tale wedding, and in the Parker House it had an ideal setting. Porters in double-breasted white jackets greeted guests as they breezed into the hotel's oak-paneled lobby, a grand chamber adorned with ornate moldings…