Postcards from the End of [the] America[n Empire]

Saturday, October 24, 2020

.








Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world--Shtip









.

.








INFINITY Barber Shop--Shtip









.

.








Mini casino's image of glamor on 10-23-20--Shtip









.

.








RASTA on 10-23-20--Shtip









.

.








Todor Aleksandrov's grave--Shtip






[Todor Aleksandrov's grave]


.

.








14th century St Michael Church--Shtip






Built in 1332, St Michael Church was turned into the main mosque of Shtip by 1622, as mentioned by Evliya Çelebi in his Book of Travel. The Ottomans had destroyed its frescoes and added a minaret. When Christians finally reclaimed St Michael centuries later, they knocked off this minaret.


.

.








Man selling slippers, shoe polish, razors and combs, etc on sidewalk on 10-23-20--Shtip









.

.








Grand old house on 10-23-20--Veles 3






Built in 1928, this house was confiscated by the Communists after WWII, but 15 years ago, it was returned to the owner's descendants by the current government.


.

.








Grand old house on 10-23-20--Veles 2









.

.








Grand old house on 10-23-20--Veles






Before WWII, this was a private home, then it was confiscated, along with many others, by the Communists.


.

.








Broken benches, death notices and pigeons at small square--Veles









.

.








An offer you can't refuse--Veles






[a liquor, tobacco and gift shop]


.

.








KEY WEST clothing store--Veles









.

.








American Indian in headdress at Navajo clothing store--Veles






"NAVAJO"


.

.








Grave in cemetery near St Panteleimon Church--Veles






Compared to Serbs, North Macedonians have rounder faces, stockier bodies and darker hair. Although I didn't want to make this observation about North Macedonian women, my friend Alex spoke for me when he said, "Serb women are much more beautiful!"

I noticed this grave because her face was practically Asian, and hours earlier, I had seen an old woman whose face, size and body type were more than 2/3 like a Vietnamese.

As Alex and I were surrounded by at least 40 people in a large, mostly outdoor cafe, I said, "Look, man, everybody here has dark hair!"

On Alex's maternal side, there's a story about a Gypsy family who settled in their village about 150 years ago. Extremely poor, they lived in a makeshift dwelling by the willow tree, next to the river, and made baskets to sell. Still, they starved. Desperate, the man sold three of his five daughters to Slavs, and it's speculated Alex' family ended up with one of these Gypsy women.

Alex, "My mom and aunts insist this story is not true, but my wife is convinced I do have Gypsy blood. She said, "Every time we go to a wedding, you start acting like a Gypsy as soon as the music starts!'"


.

Over 18,000 photos of Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Allentown, Ann Arbor, Ardmore, Ashland (PA), Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Baltimore, Battle Mountain, Bellows Falls, Bensalem Township, Berkeley, Bethlehem, Bolivar, Boston, Bordentown, Boulder, Brooklawn (NJ), Buffalo, Burlington (NJ), Cambridge, Camden, Carbondale, Carlisle, Carmel, Cedar Rapids, Centralia, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chelsea (MI), Cherry Hill, Chester, Cheyenne, Chicago, Claymont (DE), Cleveland, Collingswood (NJ), Columbus, Cupertino, Daly City, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Dexter (MI), Dupont, Durham, El Cerrito, El Paso, Emeryville, Ewing Township (NJ), Fort Indiantown Gap, Fremont, Gary, Glassboro, Glenside (PA), Gloucester, Grinnell, Haddonfield (NJ), Hammonton, Harpers Ferry, Harrisburg, Hoboken, Houston, Jackson, Jersey City, Joliet, Kansas City (KS), Kansas City (MO), Kennewick, Knoxville, Lancaster, Langhorne, Laurel Springs (NJ), Levittown (PA), Lindenwold (NJ), Livonia, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, Marcus Hook, McCook, Media (PA), Millville, Milpitas, Minneapolis, Mount Laurel, Mountain View, New Haven, New Orleans, New York, Newark, New Harmony, New Holland, Normal, Norristown, North Charleston, Oakland, Old Forge, Omaha, Orlando, Osceola, Overland Park, Palmyra (NJ), Palo Alto, Pasco, Penndel, Pennsauken, Pine Barrens, Pittsburgh, Pittston, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Redford (MI), Redwood City, Reno, Richmond, Richmond (CA), Riverside (NJ), Riverton (NJ), Roebling, Rutland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Bruno, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, San Xavier del Bac, Sausalito, Savannah, Scranton, Somerdale (NJ), South San Francisco, Springfield (IL), St. Louis, St. Paul, Steelton, Stockton, Stratford (NJ), Sunnyvale, Taylor (PA), Trenton, Tucson, Union City (NJ), Ventnor, Vineland, Washington, West New York, Westmont (NJ), Wichita, Wilkes-Barre, Williston, Wilmington, Wolf Point, Woodbury (NJ) and Youngstown, etc. Outside USA: Abu Dhabi, Akreiy Ksatr, Alforja, Arles, Bac Ha, Ban Banh, Ban Hot Ta, Ban Tha Jok, Barcelona, Batam, Belgrade, Ben Cat, Ben Tre, Berlin, Berovo, Beziers, Bidor, Binh Chanh, Binh Duong, Bitola, Brighton, Bu Dang, Budapest, Buon Ma Thuot, Burgazada, Busan, Cai Be, Cambrils, Can Cau, Can Tho, Castres, Certaldo, Changwon, Chanthaburi, Chau Ly, Cheonan, Cheongdo, Chu Se, Cu Chi, Da Huoai, Da Lat, Da Nang, Daegu, Dak Mil, Dien Bien Phu, Dien Minh, Dresden, Ea Kar, Ea Kly, Ea Nuoi, Florensac, Frankfurt, Gia Khau, Gijang, Gimcheon, Gimhae, Girona, Gorlitz, Gostivar, Grimma, Gumi, Gyeongju, Gyeongsan, Hadong, Hanoi, Halle, Hekou, Hoi An, Hong Kong, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Huoi Leng, Incheon, Ipoh, Istanbul, Jinju, Johor Bahru, Juarez, Kajang, Kawasaki, Kiev, Kinaliada, Krong Buk, Kuala Lumpur, La Gi, Lao Bao, Lao Cai, Lap Vo, Leipzig, London, Long Xuyen, Luang Prabang, Luban, Macau, Malacca, Markkleeberg, Marseille, Matsudo, Mexico City, Miryang, Montreal, Muang Kham, Muang Mai, Muang Xai, Muong Cha, Na Cang, Nam Hae, Nha Trang, Niš, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad, Ohrid, Olargues, Osaka, Osan, Penang, Pha O, Phan Thiet, Phnom Penh, Phieng Luang, Pho Kham, Phonsavan, Phouviang Gnai, Phuoc An, Pohang, Požarevac, Prades, Prague, Prostranje, Puigcerda, Pyeongtaek, Quy Hop, Reus, Reykjavik, Ripoll, Rivne, Saigon, Sang, Salou, San Juan Teotihuacán, Savannakhet, Seoul, Sete, Shtip, Si Ma Cai, Sin Chai, Singapore, Skopje, Soc Trang, Struga, Subotica, Suwon, Taipei, Taiping, Tarascon-sur-Ariege, Tarragona, Tepotzotlán, Thanh Luong, Thanh Mai, Thep Nimit, Thuan An, Thuan Nam, Thuang, Tokyo, Toluca, Tongyeong, Toronto, Toulouse, Ulsan, Van Loi, Veles, Vic, Vieng Kham, Vientiane, Vinh Chau, Vinh Long, Vladimirovo, Vung Tau, Waegwan, Wegliniec, Wurzen, Xeno, Yang Reh, Yangsan, Yeosu, Zemun, Zgorzelec.

About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.

Followers