Long Reads

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“Take Her Down”: Inside eBay’s Stalking Campaign against a Natick Couple

One August day in 2019, Ina and David Steiner were in their offices at their Natick home when they each noticed an email pop into […]

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The Death of the Office Friendship

It was shortly after I’d spent the morning duck-hooking my way around the golf course while a bunch of middle-aged men looked on that I […]

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A Dream Deferred

On primary day in Boston, I thought I’d outsmart the crowds. I waited until early afternoon before walking the few short blocks to my Ward […]

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Could One Determined Former Tenant Bring Down Boston’s Most Infamous Landlord?

After another day of attending online graduate classes from her one-bedroom apartment in the summer of 2020, Mary Stathos rose from her desk to heat […]

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Hey Boston, Shut UUUUUUUP Already!!!!!!!

There was no escaping the sound. Rapid-fire, bass-heavy Caribbean beats radiated a half-mile past the Franklin Park Playstead, galloped through the cool April air over […]

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Avi Loeb Is Not Afraid of Little Green Men

I was sitting on the porch of Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb’s stately home in Lexington this summer, as cardinals flitted among his roses and hydrangeas, […]

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Keeping Up with the Browns

It was a sunny September day when I pulled up to an athletic field in New Hampshire and found the man I was searching for. […]

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Has Witch City Lost Its Way?

On a recent afternoon, visitor traffic was light at the Salem Witch Dungeon Museum. Outside, near several stockades, two bored-looking husbands sat on a bench, […]

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Grayer, but Stronger

Recently, I looked through some photos of myself from late 2019, and I couldn’t help but notice that the Lisa in those pictures looked…a lot […]

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The Battle for Franklin Park

The auditorium at Boston’s English High School was packed when Zack DeClerck strode to the microphone one April evening in 2018. Before him was a […]

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Out for Blood: The Cape’s Biggest Shark Researchers Just Can’t Get Along

Walking down the dock at Long Wharf in August 2020, I was giddy with anticipation. Ulysse Nardin, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, had invited me to […]

Education

One Survivor’s Quest to End Sexual Assault at Schools

The email brought me to a standstill. There was nothing unusual about receiving a mass mailing from Milton Academy, the swanky private school I attended […]

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Can MIT’s Tim Berners-Lee Save the Web?

It’s a muggy July morning, and Tim Berners-Lee—the man who once upon a time invented the World Wide Web and now wants to reinvent it—is […]

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Is Boston America’s Most Racist City? Ask a Black Bostonian for Once

As I watched the Celtics’ fourth playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets this past spring, I found myself not just praying that the Celts would […]

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Don’t Nantucket My Newburyport

Steve Karp, as the story goes, was driving with his wife and children out to Great Point, Nantucket, that wild and protected tip of the […]