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Monday, July 4, 2011

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Woman-and-horse--Olde-City









$42.95 for a half an hour ride in a carriage sitting up to four people. $85.95 for an hour. "Half of my income comes from tips," reads a notecard reminder. She's been doing this for eight years and, no, business hasn't really gone down. Except during the winter, she takes home about 600 bucks a week. Patriotic tourism is still going strong, I suppose, in an era where soldiers and flags are everywhere. We were standing 40 feet from the Liberty Bell and half a block from Independence Hall.

Twenty something years ago, when I had more stamina for alcohol, we drank at two of the same bars.


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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), 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 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 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, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.