The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt on Brevity, Dread + Writing Songs in Bars

We speak with the prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ahead of his seven-city tour

Beloved for creating songs that are simultaneously tender and witty, sweet and subversive, uncluttered and rich, laconic and entrancing, The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt—whose mellifluous baritone is immediately recognizable—stopped writing at the onset of the pandemic. “I gave up,” he tells us. “I started doing a lot more photography.” He gave up because Merritt’s ritual is writing exclusively in bars, an impossibility in NYC for …

Word of Mouth: Boston Seaport

Playful outdoor art, top-tier breweries and accommodations with a view, in the waterside neighborhood

The Boston Seaport District, simply referred to as the Seaport, is often called the city’s newest neighborhood. This alludes to more than the fact that the district continues to welcome start-ups and develop residential space; it means that there’s a visible influx of energy and excitement, outdoor art and culinary exploration. In the art world, the Seaport may primarily be known as the home of …

A Refined Point of View: Ashley McKinney’s Boston

Driving between the historical and the contemporary in Massachusetts’ capital city

Presented in partnership with Land Rover

A hub of history, culture and academia, Boston is a beautiful city to explore—especially in the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover, whose sleek lines and curves appear striking upon cobblestones and next to centuries-old architecture. We hopped in the city-focused compact SUV with Boston local, graphic designer and passionate photographer, Ashley McKinney. Together we searched the city for enticing images at destinations …