How could a "good kid," universally described as beautiful and bright, who seemed to pass through his American life with ease and grace, ultimately become a terrorist? The searing portrait of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, reveals the complexities of the Boston high school student, and what led him toward tragedy. The photo of Tsarnaev on the cover has already created a flurry of controversy, but the article itself is insightful and worth a read. — Elly Schmidt-Hopper
Although sixteen-year-old New Zealander Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, released a debut EP last December, her music has been popping up all over the interwebs in the last few weeks. And you should be stoked on that, because she’s sassy and fierce. Her lyrics are amusing, her husky voice makes her sound years older than she actually is, and her minimalist electronic hip-hop beats are fresh. — Madeleine Key
This one-pot, thirty-minute farro dish is basically idiot-proof. It's not only incredibly easy to make (the only fresh ingredient required is cherry tomatoes), but it's also as delicious as Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen claims — a lot like a fancy risotto, with literally a fraction of the effort. It tastes even better the next day, and can be taken to the next level with the addition of lemon, parmesan, hot sauce — you name it. I’ll be making it all summer long. — M.K.
The housemade sausages and sauerkraut at Brotzeit Lokal are absolutely delicious, and the view — despite the fact that it includes an eyesore (a beige hotel next door) — makes the experience feel like summertime waterfront dining in a European city. — Whitney Phaneuf