Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dennis Lehane in the New York Times

Author Dennis Lehane has made his bones by writing stories about trauma tearing Boston communities apart — his novels Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone each inspired Oscar-nominated movies and attracted some of our finest actors who recognized Lehane’s touch with human experience and emotion as fertile grounds for a career-defining performance. Yet these explorations of tragedy in his hometown have only fortified his belief in Boston’s resilience, a sentiment he captures beautifully, writing for the New York Times:

Bostonians don’t love easy things, they love hard things — blizzards, the bleachers in Fenway Park, a good brawl over a contested parking space. Two different friends texted me the identical message yesterday: They messed with the wrong city. This wasn’t a macho sentiment. It wasn’t “Bring it on” or a similarly insipid bit of posturing. The point wasn’t how we were going to mass in the coffee shops of the South End to figure out how to retaliate. Law enforcement will take care of that, thank you. No, what a Bostonian means when he or she says “They messed with the wrong city” is “You don’t think this changes anything, do you?”

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