Brian Focarino, Brian Shea

Brian Joseph Focarino and Brian Jeremiah Shea were married Oct. 25 at Boston City Hall. Patricia A. McMahon, the city registrar, officiated. On Nov. 3, Jason C. Focarino, a brother of Mr. Focarino, is to lead the couple in their vows in Yelapa, Mexico. The couple met during law school at William & Mary, from…

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You Need These Pancakes

Good morning. My meat consumption’s dropping, I’ve noticed. Mostly this is because I’ve been serving less of it. Sometimes I don’t serve it at all, which those who know me well regard with some suspicion, even alarm. I’ve generally been the guy who orders a veal Parm to accompany the steak. I think the proper…

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The Joy of Kooky

In the early 1990s, Joost Elffers, a successful Dutch book packager, met an American expatriate living in Amsterdam named Gary Goldschneider. Mr. Goldschneider was a brilliant but scattered polymath who completed his studies at Yale medical school but never practiced medicine and later became a concert pianist. He once played all 32 of Beethoven’s sonatas…

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