Long Reads

Arts & Entertainment

Good Will Hunting: An Oral History

Fifteen years after the release of the movie that made them stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck—along with the rest of the cast and crew—reflect in their own words on how a long-shot film by two unknowns became one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories.

Losing Our Religion

Many adults are leaving religion behind. But as they become parents, they’re confronting an uneasy question: What about the kids?

Tweets, Shoots and Leaves

With gushing, exuberant, indefatigably upbeat charm, the foodie hype machine is destroying the soul of dining out.

Sex, Lists, and Videotape

By the time Alexis Wright was arrested, plenty of people in Kennebunk, Maine, had heard about the “Zumba Madam” and her amateur porn movies. But they were shocked by how many of their neighbors were her costars.

Stand Down

What do the looming cuts to the defense budget mean for Massachusetts?

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Should Women Drink Alcohol While Pregnant?

Striking numbers of expectant mothers are deciding that there’s nothing wrong with the occasional drink of alcohol.

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George Howell Coffee: Back to the Grind

Nearly two decades after selling his iconic Coffee Connection chain to Starbucks, can George Howell retake the coffee world?

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BU Hockey Coach Jack Parker Goes Skate-Free

Last season, sexual assault accusations exposed the BU hockey team’s depraved culture of entitlement. So why does coach Jack Parker still have a job?

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What Happened to the Boston Phoenix?

(And can it rise again?)

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Boston’s Financial District: An Empty Quarter

Boston’s Financial District is hollowing out. That’s a big problem, but it may also be an opportunity.

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How MIT Became the Most Important University in the World

And why Harvard—Harvard!—is scrambling to catch up.

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Resurrection: The Archdiocese of Boston Rebuilds

A painful decade after a clergy sex abuse scandal, the Archdiocese of Boston has begun to rebuild. But a stubborn question remains: What kind of man wants to become a priest?

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In with the New

For generations, if you wanted others to know you’d made it in this town, you decorated in the stuffy Brahmin style. Not anymore.

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Why Parking in Boston Should Be More Expensive

Parking in Boston seems pricey. It’s not, and we need to make it more expensive.

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Boston Is Neglecting Its Historic Attractions

Preserving our heritage makes not just cultural but economic sense. So why aren’t we doing it better?