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May 2008 Issue

The Elements of Influence

The 50 most powerful people in town, as ranked by the most powerful people in town.


The Prince Is a Pauper

William Lobkowicz left Boston for the Czech Republic with dreams of reclaiming his family’s stolen royal fortune. Turns out, that’s been the easy part.

On the Prowl with the Cougar Hunters

You’ve heard of cougars—those empowered women with an appetite for younger men. Well, now meet the cougar hunter. He’s that opportunistic twentysomething infiltrating the classy Back Bay bar, his sights set on a middle-aged conquest. And with him on the loose, the rules of Boston’s dating scene are turned upside down.

Errol Morris, in Five Takes

His films have won an Oscar and freed a man from life in prison, and now he’s made the most provocative movie yet about the Iraq war. A guided tour through the singular mind and occasionally madcap methods of Cambridge’s cinematic savant.


The Making of an Outraged Mom

You never think you’re going to become one of those parents—the kind that makes a spectacle at school board meetings and foments dissent at afternoon pickup. But funny things happen the second someone else tries to tell you they know what’s best for your kid.

The Cradle of Apathy

The pols leading the new push to reengage Boston’s indifferent electorate are missing the point. We do care. We just don’t care about them.



Frill Factor

With Da Vinci, an acclaimed Waltham chef brings his act to the big city, with warm welcomes, attention to detail…and food that can’t quite shake its suburban feel.

City Journal

The Gonz Show: Eugene Mirman

The funnyman is here for a comedy festival billed as an “alternative,” but he won’t switch things up for John Gonzalez.