Author Dennis Lehane: Attack Won't Change Boston
Don't expect Bostonians to cower in fear, he writes
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 1:08 PM CDT
Shannon Walsh, 15, places flowers on a memorial to Boston Marathon bombing victim, Martin Richard, 8, near the Richard family house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(Newser) – Boston author Dennis Lehane echoes a common theme floating around in the wake of the marathon bombings: "They messed with the wrong city." But that's not a "macho sentiment," Lehane writes in the New York Times. When a Bostonian uses that phrase, what it means is: "You don't think this changes anything, do you?" So don't expect Bostonians to run out and buy a bunch of guns, give up any of their civil liberties, or cancel next year's marathon in the wake of this tragedy.

After all, "Bostonians don’t love easy things, they love hard things—blizzards, the bleachers in Fenway Park, a good brawl over a contested parking space." And "when the authorities find the weak and terminally maladjusted culprit or culprits, we’ll roll our eyes at whatever backward ideology they embrace and move on with our lives," Lehane writes. "No, we’ll never forget. But what we’ll cling tightest to is what the city was built on—resilience, respect, and an adoration for civility and intellect." Click for his full column.

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Apr 17, 2013 1:38 PM CDT
Dennis is a wonderful writer. The op piece, though annoyed me. Nice writing, but ever place in every state, where their is hurricane, tornado , mass killing etc., we are told that "the people in this town are resilient" and will rebuild." Yes. they will not leave Boston and, yes, there will be parades and marathons and rock concerts there and throughout the nation, but there will be a bit of more caution, feeling that it just might be dangerous. That is in many respects is what bombers, homegrown or foreign, want: to try to intimidate, make us cower . But of course we are not cancelling all big events. We will learn from each one what we must do to try to prevent such things from taking place.
Apr 17, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
Would that all of America was more like Boston.