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Friday, February 14, 2014

Ando Arike said...


Hi Linh,

I mentioned your name today in a comment on Commondreams, and within 30 minutes not only was I "banned" from commenting any further on the site, but all my previous comments were deleted (along with any replies -- which you'd think would be a bit embarrassing for the site administrator.) Apparently, you are taboo on CD -- persona non grata -- or in Orwellian terms, an "unperson".

This is the first time I've experienced the whimsical wrath of Big Brother, and it's certainly a strange feeling to be subjected to such Thought Police tactics -- to be sent down the "memory hole," as it were... What do these Thought Police wannabes think they're doing? How do they rationalize their actions? Do they think nobody notices when all of a sudden somebody is "disappeared" -- or to stay within Orwell's lexicon, "vaporized"?

Anyway, it's clear now to me that the "progressive movement" is, in large part, an astroturf operation run by the Democratic Party and that many "progressive" websites are Info Ops for the Democrat-leaning foundations & rich donors... John Stauber laid out as much in a Counterpunch article last spring. But why has Counterpunch abandoned you? I've always caught suspicious whiffs in Commondreams' liberal odor -- but I thought Counterpunch was dependable. Oh, well...

Glad to learn the truth, and that we've communicated. As I mentioned, I've admired your work for several years now. You've managed to create a language that burns like a laser through all the threadbare political verbiage of our time... Thanks --

Ando Arike

My note: I should clarify that CP never abandoned me per se, but after saying they wanted no more of my Postcards, they responded to readers' complaints by ridiculing my writing, thinking and even character, so there was no point in giving them any of my writing for free after that.--Linh


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About Me

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 two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), 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). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. 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.