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October 2012 Issue

Lost in the Weeds

According to the polls, Massachusetts voters are going to overwhelmingly approve a ballot initiative next month that legalizes medical marijuana. That should be good news for someone like me, who’s spent half his life smoking pot. So why am I feeling so uneasy?


City Life

All The Pretty Horses

Equestrian pursuits abound in Massachusetts, fueled by adoration for the steed and enough money to run a small country.

Mass Revolt

Why former Governor Mitt Romney’s unpopularity in Massachusetts could spell doom for his presidential campaign.

Get Your Motor Running

Our fall travel guide to five breathtaking New England road trips.


Nothing to See Here

Enough already with Boston’s boring, old and stodgy public art.

Smug Index

Boston prides itself on being a haven of high-minded thinking, something that’s also made us insufferable.


City Life

The Not-As-Bad-for-You Halloween Treat

Unreal candy is made locally from all-natural ingredients. No tricks, just healthy treats.

City Life

Kerry’s Dilemma

How a Warren victory could thwart John Kerry’s dream of becoming secretary of state.

City Life

Battle of the Whack-Job Sports Parents

Which sport produces the craziest parents of all?

Q&A: Anna Solomon

Solomon took the inspiration for her Pushcart Prize-winning short story, “The Lobster Mafia Story” from her Gloucester upbringing.



Living Legacy

It’s now possible to create a child from the eggs or sperm of a deceased partner, but should we?

Arts + Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Hot Button

The Boston premiere of David Mamet’s new play is a reminder of our city’s troubled past.

Arts & Entertainment

Culture Calendar

Bring in a new month with these arts and entertainment events in Boston.

Fashion + Style

Home & Property

Put Down Roots

Rachel Slade’s off-kilter take on hub dwellings.

City Style

Get in Shape

Geometry goes high-fashion with these statement danglers.

Paper Doll

How a Cambridge illustrator turned her hobby into a chic career.


Bewitching Salem

Brimming with eateries, thrift shops, and boutiques, Salem has become a worthy shopping destination in any season.

Peplum Perfect

Flaunt your waist with this right-off-the-runway silhouette.

Carry On

This Holly Caldwell handbag is a modern classic.


The Goods

Local bites we’re digging right now.

Bottoms Up

Celebrate Oktoberfest and the local craft-beer scene with these German-style suds.

High & Low: Pork Schnitzel

This German comfort food is as fun to pronounce as it is to eat during the cooler months. Whether you like yours on the indulgent side or simply topped with dressed arugula, the versions here are sure to satisfy.

Mrs. T’s Cheddar Potato Pierogies

Three local chefs give the classic pierogi a makeover.

Linked In

T. W. Food chef Tim Wiechmann knows a thing (or five) about wursts, which makes him the perfect candidate to school us on all things sausage. Here’s an inside look at the links he’ll be crafting by hand at his new restaurant.

Twist and Shout

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Clear Flour Bread’s German soft pretzels.


First Bite: Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen

It’s style over substance at this bustling downtown spot—and that may be by design.


Dining Out: West Bridge in Cambridge

This Kendall Square newcomer has potential in spades, but feels incomplete.