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Saturday, May 24, 2014



Sixty-seven-years-old George was born in France and came to the US at 11-years-old. He fought in Vietnam for two years, mostly as a helicopter machine gunner, and was a New York Police homicide detective for 29 years, a narcotic detective for two years, then an undercover narcotic agent for 11 months. "That world is so corrupt, you don't even know. The cops make so much money from the drug dealers. Or take Obama. He bought a four-million-dollar house in Chicago for one million, and the guy who sold it to him is in jail for drug dealing. Before Obama steps down, he'll give this guy a pardon. You watch." I've not heard of this and don't know anything about it, but that's what George said.

George goes back to France three times a year and would move back if it wasn't for his 89-year-old mother, who is too attached to the USA. "We don't believe in nursing homes. I'm the oldest, so I have to take care of my parents."

George seemed very much at home in the Bridge and Pratt Cafe, a bar with a largely black crowd where hip hop and R&B routinely blast, but it was actually his first time there, and he was only in the neighborhood to see a doctor, "I got shot in the back once." He lives in a $400,000 house in Bucks County.



swindled said...

He's talking about Tony Rezko. That said, he's got his facts totally warped. Rezko is doing time for influence-peddling. Pure Chicago politics. The controversy at the time had to do with Rezko's wife buying the vacant lot next to the house in Hyde Park (??) the Obamas bought. The problem was, they couldn't afford it. So by purchasing the land attached to the house the price dropped low enough that Barack and Michelle could afford it. That he did this deal in coordination with a guy like Rezko, who at some point would no doubt want the favor returned, was the problem. Later, Obama admitted it was "a bonehead move." But his wife really loved the house!! All in all, in relation to this whole affair Barack just comes across to me as naive.

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks, swindled, for info. Maybe George has gotten slightly senile. Before the pool game, he was also dancing on his stool and clapping. In any case, I can't imagine Obama releasing Rezko after such a high-profile trial.


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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 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.