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Thursday, December 25, 2014





On Christmas Eve in Kensington, a church group came into Jack's and gave everyone a bag of gifts. The next day at home, I photographed its entire contents.

In Jack's, you can get a small pitcher of Yuengling for $3.75. I don't know the owner but last night, I saw him sitting at a back table with a William Gibson novel.



Anonymous said...

That's a nice picture of you, Linh!

Linh Dinh said...

Hey, I was fantasizing about what's in that bag!

Anonymous said...

That poor revolutionist card looks neat.

Linh Dinh said...

You can read it here.

Anonymous said...

I take that back.

Linh Dinh said...

Chuck Orloski:

Yo Linh,

I loved the picture depicting you at bar and receiving bag adorned with black crosses and filled with Christmas goodies. To my knowledge such act is not common to Scranton evangelism, and the only ones to enter barrooms back-in-day were Haloweener kids who usually got dollar tips from patrons. Maybe some American religious are starting to wisely look at your favorite haunts as revolutionary missionary targets?

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

There's no revolutionary fervor from that particularly church group.

Though not quite as interesting as Tijuana bibles, Chick Tracts are still pretty freaky.


Anonymous said...

How very thoughtful. A Christmas snack pack that promises to send it's recipient sprinting to the bathroom with vicious diarrhea, I've tried those flaming neon orange crackers. They will punish your colon! At least they were kind enough to include interesting literature.


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.