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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Man-on-bench-drinking-beer--Bethlehem








When he asked for 20 cents, I gave him a quarter, so he offered, "You can have a sip of my beer," so I gave him 75 more cents, so he said, "In that case, you can have two sips of my beer." I had drank enough today, so I suggested, "Instead of me drinking your beer, let me take a photo of you, OK?" "Sure, and you can show me with my beer!" His dad was a steel worker. He said Bethlehem Steel had employed 27,000 people at its peak, compared to the 400 or so who now work for Sands Casino, occupying the same grounds and paying much less on average.



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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.