History Returns to Boston

27 April 2013 |permalink | email article

A man named Ian wrote in an e-mail, “Although I have lived in the area for almost thirty years, I haven’t necessarily thought of myself as a Bostonian. Although I think Boston is a nice enough city in which to live, I’ve never really been connected to it as a whole community. I like the parts I like, and I don’t like the parts I don’t like. In terms of attitude, I often identify more with the people in San Francisco or New York than those in Boston. But when the marathon bombers struck, I took it personally. They attacked my city. I felt a real kinship, a real connection with the people of Boston, all the people of Boston. And I realized that I don’t just live here This is my home.”—George Packer, The New Yorker.



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