The Boston Globe Magazine | December 31, 2017

Spartan Agoge competitors in June in Pittsfield, Vermont.

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How tough are you? Joe De Sena and his Spartan Race empire will show you.

Is the emperor of obstacle course racing an insane masochist? Or do we really need his events to discover what we’re made of? By Billy Baker

Wire photos | illustration by Greg Klee/Globe Staff

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Dave Barry’s year in review: Yeah, that really happened

Think 2016 was bad? Well, 2017 was surreal, alarming, scandalous, profane, and let’s not forget covfefe. And probably better than 2018 will be.By Dave Barry

They told me my illness was all in my head. Was it because I’m a woman?

Why doctors must stop disbelieving women’s symptoms and institutions must do more research on diseases that primarily affect women. By Jennifer Brea

2017 Top Places to Work

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/TPTWcover1119-3396.jpg Winning workplaces

More than 75,000 employees nominated nearly 340 workplaces across Massachusetts. The 125 best across four categories, small to largest, are here.

The Muck affair

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/110517cover.jpg Sex, spies, and the national anthem: The BSO scandal you’ve never heard of

One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

2017 Women & Power

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/10292017cover.jpg The Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Mass.

The Commonwealth Institute and the Globe Magazine acknowledge standout company and nonprofit leaders in fields ranging from construction to the arts.

North End guide

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/01/20/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/northend0129web_lede.jpg Where to eat and what to order in Boston’s North End

15 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, from elegant hideaways to buzzy trattorias to (lots of) incredible pizza.

Boston Rocks

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/15/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/xref0611cover.jpg When Boston rocked

Take a tour of your youth with this ode to the gritty clubs, home-grown talent, and visiting acts that made Boston’s music scene so mesmerizing in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

College & Money

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/05/03/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/opener0522collegedebt.jpg The college debt crisis is even worse than you think

We tell students they need a bachelor’s degree to get ahead. But for too many, the numbers no longer add up.

Dinner With Cupid

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/31/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/200_cupid_123117.jpg They met before Cupid set them up. But only one of them remembers it.

Will their history be too awkward to overcome, or is it a good sign of preexisting attraction?

On the Block

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/28/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/roslindale1231house.jpg For sale: Remodeled homes in Roslindale

Warning: These newly renovated single-family homes in Roslindale may cause house envy.

Style Watch

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/28/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/dining1231style.jpg Botanical touches make a dining room feel like an enchanted garden

Lilac-colored lipstick provided the inspiration for the color scheme of this Chestnut Hill project.

Cooking | Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/28/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/risotto1231cooking.jpg Simple risotto recipes for cold winter nights

With restrained flavorings, such as saffron and butter, risotto fills the bill nicely. It also holds up to additions such as chicken and prosciutto.

After a one-night stint in 2016, “The David Bowie Experience” is back at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science.

Images from Getty and NASA; Globe Staff photo-Illustration

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Jan. 1-7

Harbor Island Excursion, Moby-Dick Marathon, David Bowie at the Museum of Science, and more.

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