Author Dennis Lehane talks up Dorchester in a YouTube video plugging his new book, Moonlight Mile, saying his roots in Dot made him the writer he is today.
"People from Dorchester tend to have a bit of a chip on their shoulder, even more so than the average Bostonian, which is saying something,'' Lehane says.
He recalls growing up in a Irish-Polish neighborhood, that is now largely Vietnamese. The video captures scenes of Dorchester and Boston in general: the No. 18 bus, a local park, triple deckers, street scapes and the Lenny Zakim Bridge.
"I dont think I'd be a writer if I didn't grow up in Dorchester,'' Lehane says. "First off, I grew up in a very story-telling culture. It was a bar culture. People went to bars and told great stories. There was a high premium on how well you could tell a story, how funny you could make it. How auththenic it was.''
He says he grew up with a sense of "class distinction . . . (because of) how people reacted if you said you were from Dorchester and the look they got in their eyes.'' He also says he has a strong social consciousness and how children are treated in society because of the school busing struggles that took place when he was nine years old.