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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Hardware-store--Palmyra










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2 comments:

Patrick Herron said...

Growing up in the 1970's, a bonding activity for me, my brother, and my father was to go to Schwering's Hardware, in a time well before any of the supermarket-sized or warehouse-sized hardware stores. Just this tiny little place for lots of parts, any sort of part you needed for whatever was broken. I can still smell the inside of that place in my mind and see the closely-packed containers of nuts and bolts, the slanted floors, the narrow spaces, all the things we were not to touch and all the things I did when I was seven. There was a barber shop nearby where I got my first haircut, and a model train store, where my dad found all of the stuff he needed to build his big imaginary train-based city in our basement. Thank you, Linh. This series may be the only one that explains in some way the rise of Trumpism even in the once-progressive area in which I was raised. People with whom I went to high school are all pretty Trumpist which would surprise me had I never seen your photos. Nothing--no article, no statistic, no research analysis, no angry facebook anecdote--captures the ubiquity of the grand capital suck-out quite like these photos. I'd love to catch up with you if you are back in Philly in late December, old friend.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Patrick,

I just got back to Philly from nearly a month in Vietnam. Yes, let's hang out in late December!


Linh

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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.