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September 2009 Issue


The Best Schools (For You and Your Kid)

Public versus private. It’s an age-old debate in these parts, but today parents all over the Hub are reexamining their long-held assumptions about what’s best for their kids.



Fall Fashion: Scientific Models

The biotech brains over at One Kendall Square, Epicenter of Cambridge’s booming life-sciences industry, provide the ideal test subjects for fall’s breakthrough styles.

Top of Mind: Dennis Eckersley

Red Sox analyst, catch phrase king, moustache defender, age 54, Ipswich

City Life

Desperately Seeking Deval

Three years ago, Deval Patrick was an inspirational outsider who rode a wave of goodwill into the State House. Today, he’s one of the least popular governors in the country. Granted unprecedented access to Patrick and his inner circle, Carlo Rotella offers an intimate look at a beleaguered administration and a governor aiming to reclaim his once-sterling image.

City Life

The Dan Brown Code

A pulse-pounding race to discover…Dan Brown. The astonishing truth behind history’s bestselling storyteller…unveiled at last.


Massachusetts Has a Gambling Problem

The speaker wants slots, the governor casinos. Why they’ll both win—and you’ll lose.

Puff Daddy

A Harvard biomedical engineer has come up with a new kind of dining experience, one that has the potential to revolutionize how we look at food—or at least our oral fixations.

Playing By His Own Rules

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo is a control freak of the highest order. That’s a good thing.



Dining Out: Tupelo

Flavored by chef Rembs Layman’s Louisiana roots, this Inman Square spot serves up unfussy, high-spirited, and—by gumbo!—soulful southern cooking.