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Dennis Lehane on Dorchester; Inside Bay Village's 34 Melrose

BOSTON—David Bates transcribed an interview with novelist Dennis Lehane in which he touches on growing up in Dorchester and on what makes a Bostonian and a Bostonian tonally: "We're all just a little whacked, just a little off center. I realized this at a pretty reasonably young age, because I noticed people speaking very vividly where I came from. Whenever I was visiting other places, I'd listen and be like, 'Huh… Nobody's really hitting those words quite the same way as the people in the neighborhood. This is really kind of odd.'" [Bates]
BAY VILLAGE—Go right inside 34 Melrose Street: "Tucked in a quiet corner of the city's smallest neighborhood, it is one of two duplexes that recently were renovated and converted from apartments in a brownstone that dates to 1899. And it's something of a rarity in that it has three exposures and abuts a tiny city park. It's also a five-minute walk to the Public Garden, Boston Common, Back Bay, the South End and the Theatre District." [Herald]