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Monday, December 19, 2011

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Scavenger-on-Mission-Hill--Boston








Mission Hill. As she was scavenging from trash can to trash can, her daughter, around seven-years-old, tagged along on the sidewalk. I could hear the girl count in Mandarin, "1,2,3,4."




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4 comments:

Ksou said...

I once talked with a man who claimed to collect like 40$ in cans a day . My first job paid around that , for 7 long hours operating rides .
It wouldn't surprise me if can collecting becomes a respectable occupation in the coming years ...

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Ksou,

As more people collect cans, there will be fewer for each, and less money. Also, as Americans go broke, they won't drink as many cans of corn syrup.

Ksou said...

We might up like Mexico, there people will have the soda pored into a bag( or another container) and the store will take 5 cents off .

This is totally irreverent , but you can understand some Mandarin as well ? Ahh, sir you are much more adaptable to this new globalized economy then I .

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Ksou,

I can understand less than 10 words of Mandarin. My stepmother is Cantonese, and my wife's stepfather is Fukienese...

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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.