Articles by Tim Gagnon

Season’s Eatings

How Overseasoned Mixes Family Traditions, Timely Feasts, and Today’s Activist Climate Into Monthly Cookbooks The first leaves of spring haven’t even sprung in Amy Larson’s tree-lined West Cambridge neighborhood on the day that I visit her, but summer feasts are already on the food writer’s radar. “It’s the best time for food, obviously,” Larson says […]


To Be Born Again in Cambridge

Ryan H. Walsh’s Quest To Document (And Become) Part of Local Music History In 1968, Van Morrison found himself with a clean slate in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Irish singer-songwriter had just gotten married (partially out of love, partially for a green card) and cut himself from a shady record deal he made back in New […]


The Apothecary Where Everybody Knows Your Name

A few miles away from the setting of “Cheers,” there’s another mythic place where everyone knows your name after a visit or two. To be fair, it’s probably best for a pharmacy to know everyone’s name for the sake of filling out prescriptions, but Skenderian Apothecary treats a first-name basis like a common courtesy, not […]



Jeffrey Eugenides On Humanity and the Art of Short Fiction

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Aside from a cuss-filled account of a stoned undergrad meeting a middle aged man after a weekend of bathhouse debauchery, Jeffrey Eugenides appears right at home behind a church lectern. No story of Eugenides’s ends in overt fire and brimstone, nor did he play an iconized minister to […]


Harvard Square Celebrates 39th Annual Oktoberfest

Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest first came together in 1978 thanks to Frank Cardullo, owner of traditional German restaurant Wurtshaus. The restaurant would have celebrated 100 years this year, but after its closing in 1996, the Oktoberfest serves as the restaurant’s legacy and the Cambridge German community’s pride. The early festivals maintained strict adherence to old world […]