June 23, 2013 The Boston Globe Magazine

The NASCAR dreams of Paulie Harraka

Take one charismatic 23-year-old driver. Add 60-plus investors and a handful of tech companies, many from Boston. Throw in a love for speed. Can the result shake up the sport? By Shira Springer

“In the best possible way, I think of David as a big kid whose absolute favorite holiday in the entire world is the Fourth of July,” Pops conductor Keith Lockhart says of David Mugar, shown in Cambridge overlooking the skyline of the city he loves.

David Mugar’s magnificent obsession

How a love of firefighting and, yes, logistics led one man to launch Boston’s beloved Fourth of July tradition, now turning 40. By Eric Moskowitz


Rush-in roulette

Massachusetts drivers wait for their number—and letter—to be called. By Scott Helman

Style Watch

“An old collection like this can be combined with new things to create a casual elegance,” says Luchetti. “The key is finding balance.” Tribal treasures

In a Weston home, interior design that incorporates a prized collection. By Jaci Conry

Miss Conduct

Be a good baby face

Tips on succeeding in the workplace whether you’re young or just young-looking. By Robin Abrahams

Your Week Ahead

The Frog Pond and fountain in The Boston Common. 5 things to do in and around Boston

Election day is Tuesday, two film festivals vie for your attention, and more this week.

out and about

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Boston Mayor Tom Menino received honorary degrees at Harvard University in Cambridge. Winfrey was also commencement speaker. As seen around town

Oprah Winfrey, Mayor Tom Menino, and more.


Cucumbers and leeks make a light soup that’s perfect straight from the fridge. Summer spoonfuls

Start the season with chilled cucumber soups. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Watermelon gazpacho at Sweet Basil in Needham. Gazpacho at Sweet Basil

Watermelon, cucumber, peppers, and more in a cold summer soup.

Dinner With Cupid

James Neiswender and Margaret Mayo. Scientific method

Will these daters bond over biology?

On the Block

History slept here

Famous folks—Daniel Chester French, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth—once called these properties home.  By Vanessa Parks

Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to articles about firefighters and efforts to save piping plovers.

Tales From the City

A garden-variety question

A tale of two Boston landmarks and more.


Conan O’Brien’s marital harmony

The Brookline-born comic and host of ‘Conan’ on TBS makes a joke on Twitter.