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Long Reads

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Romance, Sex, and Street Parking

I’m 54, have two kids, a raggedly lawn, and just celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary, so of course, I have dating advice. But wait. Don’t […]

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Loss, Love, and the New Hampshire Hermit Who Went Viral

On a hot day this past July in central New Hampshire, Jodie Gedeon climbed into her kayak and slipped into the current of the Merrimack […]


How COJE Restaurants Put the Sizzle Back into Boston Dining

The next time you’re at Yvonne’s—and if you dine out in Boston, you’ve been to Yvonne’s—take a close look at the mahogany bar. Intricately hand-carved […]

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Inside Track: An Oral History of Boston Gossip

There was a time, not so long ago, when Bostonians could sit down with their Dunks, flip open the Herald, and feast on the Inside […]

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Why Is It So Hard to Get a Good View in Boston?

On a warm day earlier this fall, I left home on my bike with a simple goal: to get a decent view of Boston. After […]

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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 […]