Postcards from the End of America

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don't miss

my interviews of Amanda, Lisa, John Cocosis and high IQ John.




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Many thanks for a $50 contribution from a long time supporter! Based in Durham, NC, he's currently working in Mountain View, CA.

Every dollar you donate helps me to roam through some of the most blighted neighborhoods of this country.

Without the internet, I wouldn't be able to publish my photo or prose accounts at all, but what nourish me intellectually also come from the outer fringe of cyberspace. It's sad and sobering that such valuable writers as Paul Craig Roberts, John Michael Greer and Dmitri Orlov also have to depend on donations to keep writing. Michael Rupperts committed suicide. The great Joe Bageant refused cancer treatment. He apparently had enough.

Six weeks ago, I had to head to California because my father was gravely ill. The inevitable happened, so I'm returning to San Jose for his funeral. Leaving tomorrow, I'll be in the Bay Area until next Wednesday. While in California, I'll try to head over to the Central Valley. I'll come back with photos and words.

Suddenly, I think of this Borges passage, "This is the end of the story of the forty-seven loyal men--except that it has no end, for the rest of us, who are not loyal perhaps but will never wholly give up the hope of being so, will go on honouring them with words."



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Protesters among crowd waiting for Obama on 5/18/15.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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[Crowd waiting for more than an hour to catch a glimpse of Obama's car.]



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Notice the Camden County Police badge. The city police has been disbanded. The Camden public schools, once the very worst in the country, have also been shut down, with charter schools replacing them. Camden's public library system is reduced to one branch and is run by the county instead of city. Camden has no hotel and no supermarket.

In July of 2013, I wrote a Camden Postcard.



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Man with bullhorn was walking alongside the policeman to give him hell. There was pervasive anti-cop sentiment but the police just had to suck it up. One young white cop was given so much crap, a young black woman behind me said to her friend, "Why are they all in his face like that? That is so rude!"

An older black woman yelled at a black cop, "Why are you on that side? With them?! When the shit hits the fan, you're going to be on this side with us!"



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[They're waiting in the McDonald's parking lot to catch a glimpse of Obama's car as it drives by on Haddon Avenue.]




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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy and England. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). 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 Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, among other places. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.