'Prostitution, gambling, fencing, contract murder, loan sharking, political corruption and crime of every sort were the daily trade in Philadelphia's Tenderloin, the oldest part of town. The Kevitch family ruled this stew for a half a century, from Prohibition to the rise of the Atlantic City. My mother was a Kevitch.' This punchy yet lyrical memoir is magically rendered, vividly evoking the smell, heat, atmosphere and raw emotion of downtown Philadelphia. From his sprawling extended family to every day faces he sees on the streets, Dan Burt deftly brings each character alive with empathy, a dark humour and feeling.
Dan Burt's writing draws on his work as a butcher, sailor, lawyer, public figure, and businessman in, among other places, South Philadelphia; the sea off New Jersey; Washington D.C.; New York; Boston; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and London. He lives and writes in London, Maine, and St. John's College, Cambridge, of which he is an Honorary Fellow. You Think It Strange is an expanded version of Dan Burt's riveting prose memoir, first published in his collection Certain Windows(2011).
I - Certain Windows Ancestral Houses: Fourth and Daly Ninth and Race Childhood's Houses: 716 South Fourth 5141 Whitaker Ave II - No Expectations Toddler Framework Grade School Butcher Shops The Store Pennsauken Central High III - The Blue Guitars John Mulloy The Sea Captain J. Burt Mate Girls Fool Me Once IV - Envoi London