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  • The secret history of the claw machine

    Mark of the claw
    You can find them next to the Kiddie Room at Funspot in Laconia, NH; in the dark depths of the Dream Machine Arcade in the Walpole Mall; and 24 hours a day in the Boston Bowl Game Room.

    By ALEC ERNEST

  • With Boston Ruit, beer pong gets ready for its close-up

    Pong stars
    Mikey Connors of Peabody growls at his opponents from across the folding table. Whipping the crowd into hysterics, the beer-pong heavyweight steps back from the edge and starts to kick his heels up like a bull about to charge.

    By CHRIS FARAONE

  • Down the Tubes

    Because you can only spend so much time reading Dan Brown novels on the beach
    Midsummer television has a terrific offering of new and returning shows about aliens, firefighters, crystal meth, and more to turn that beautiful brain of yours to Play-Doh and keep you thoroughly entertained.

    By DAVID EISENBERG

  • Photographer: Mike Pecci

    Stylist: Nicole Fisher

    Props: David Lynch

    Assistant: Tony Fernandez

    Models: TJ Horn, Bert Meyer III, Kayla Harrity, Kimberly Ann Huerth, Anastasia Kry

    Living Images Developed by Mike Pecci

  • Cool noise

    Our DJ spins you a handpicked soundtrack to your summer
    Could this be the summer that the Internet finally gets music right?

    By LIZ PELLY