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

Monday, January 18, 2021

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WINNER CHICKEN DINNER on 1-17-21--Giza









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IT'S NOT WHO I AM UNDERNEATH on 1-17-21--Giza









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COWBOY on 1-17-21--Giza









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Best Love on 1-18-21--Cairo











Best Love on 1-18-21--Cairo (detail)









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Sunday, January 17, 2021

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Food stand outside Faisal Station on 1-17-21--Giza









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Sheep in dumpster on 1-17-21--Giza









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Sheep and heron among garbage on 1-17-21--Giza









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Pharaonic Mohamed Salah on 1-17-21--Giza






[Mohamed Salah]


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Koran and Mohamed Salah inside taxi on 1-17-21--Giza






[Mohamed Salah]


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Khafre Pyramid on 1-17-21--Giza 2









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Khafre Pyramid on 1-17-21--Giza






The Giza Pyramids may be the best of Egypt, but swarming with touts and hustlers, it is also the worst. I'm just glad I got it out of the way. The best part of my visit was leaving.


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Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Umm Kulthum Cafe on Saraya Al Azbakya on 1-16-21--Cairo 3






[Umm Kulthum Cafe on Saraya Al Azbakya]


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Umm Kulthum Cafe on Saraya Al Azbakya on 1-16-21--Cairo 2






[Umm Kulthum Cafe on Saraya Al Azbakya]


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Umm Kulthum Cafe on Saraya Al Azbakya on 1-16-21--Cairo






There are Umm Kulthum portraits at countless Cairo cafes, and some are even named after her, but this one on Saraya Al Azbajya is the most hardcore. Here, there are oil paintings and statues of the singer, not just photographs, and they play her music nonstop.


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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 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, Serbian 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.

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