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Thursday, December 25, 2014



Christmas Eve in Kensington. Behind me were eight more cops.



Chuck Olroski said...

Linh Dinh's Dickens 911 Christmas present.

Shudder what's beyond Linh's all-seeing lens, what incident has summoned the ten (10) Philadelphia cops to patrol?

I don't know, but Quang Duc, Mississippi, and our fiddle asses are burning.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

In 2007, a Philadelphia Weekly article ranked Kensington and Somerset as the worst drug corner in all of Philly:

10) 1600-1900 W. Wingohocking St., Tioga.

9) Fifth and Carpenter sts., Pennsport.

8) 52nd and Market sts., West Philadelphia.

7) A and Westmoreland sts., Fairhill.

6) Bridge and Hawthorne sts., Frankford.

5) "The Box": 21st and McKean sts. to 23rd and McKean sts., north to 21st and Sigel sts. through 23rd and Sigel sts., Girard Estates.

4) 17th and Jefferson sts., Poplar.

3) Fifth and Westmoreland sts., Fairhill.

2) Third and Indiana sts., Fairhill.

1) Kensington and Somerset sts., Kensington.

But since the cops are out in force here every night, the drug dealers just operate starting at a couple of blocks over in every direction.



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.