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boston globe magazine
June 20, 2010
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster (Photograph by Erik Jacobs)

Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster

These users comment on everything from today’s news to hotel rooms. Many are harmless. But some are ruthless. Who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do?

Issue highlights

coupling: stories about relationships

My exit strategy

I was desperate to leave my single days behind. Could I do it if I put my mind to it?
dinner with cupid

Game on

He’s a pro athlete; she’s serious about soccer. Will their date be a win?
miss conduct's ettiquette column

My ex kept my name

Should a Mrs. give it up? Plus, the real purpose of retirement parties.
pierced column

Waves of muck

One tiny slice of an awfully big mess.
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Emily’s secret love

Emily’s secret love

Following her father’s death, poet Emily Dickinson did something unthinkable in his lifetime: She began to romance her father’s best friend. This excerpt from a new book reveals a woman so unlike the lovelorn recluse who exists in the popular imagination.
My father, the zero

My father, the zero

He died recently. Maybe I’d feel sad -- if we had met.
Stepping up
First Person

Stepping up

Dianne Walker, 59, directs the first-ever professional tap program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance in Becket beginning next week.

More in this issue

For the Big Cheese
Make him a special treat for Father’s Day.
Tales from the City
A quackup
A real life Make Way for Ducklings, and an odd request for a family heirloom.
On the Block
For the retiring set
These units for those 55 and older offer low-maintenance living.
Fashion Snapshot
To dye for
Preteen girls embrace the boho chic look.
No (more) parking
An extreme makeover in Marblehead turns a cramped garage into a comfortable family room.
Parenting Traps
Playing tough
How to get your kids to behave: Be more fun.
Letters to the Magazine editor
Readers sound off on coexisting with coyotes, and local Haiti relief efforts.

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Steve Carrell

Kickin' back with Steve Carell in Marshfield

This summer, the star returns to Massachusetts for some much-needed R & R.
James Reeb

Letter from Selma

Revisiting the 1965 murder of a white Boston minister that helped usher in the Voting Rights Act.
Home-birth battle

Home-birth battle

Massachusetts doesn't regulate midwives. Now one brave – and unlikely – advocate is fighting for change.
Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

Your Home: Solutions for small spaces

The professionals share space-saving tips for every room in your home.