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Monday, June 9, 2014

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Stone-building-at-7th-and-Snyder-on-6-8-14--South-Philly








This was the Snyder Avenue Baptist Church until 1911, when it became the 850-seat Grand Theater, which lasted until the 60's. Online, I found the below reminiscence from one Umberto LaPaglia:

"What a memory! [...] It once was a Baptist Church but as the neighborhood changed before WWI it became a hall and eventually a movie house. It was three-four blocks from where I lived, near Ninth and Wolf Streets. I seldom went to the Grand for one good reason. The fare was nineteen cents because it was air-conditioned! It was tough enough for me to get eleven cents for the Colonial movie house, nineteen cents was beyond my reach. But just to experience the air-conditioning, I very slowly accumulated nineteen pennies and entered the frigid world and saw Spencer Tracy and Bartholmew -what ever the rest of his name- was in some fishing drama. How I accumulated nineteen pennies is another story. Thanks for the memory."



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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.