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Wednesday, February 4, 2015



Bridesburg. I'm hoping to have a Postcard about this neighborhood up by Monday. A little preview, "One of the oldest white settlements in the Philadelphia area, this bend in the river was populated by Swedes, Germans then Poles, who came in the early 20th century to work in the tannery. It was shit work, literally, for dog shit was used to cure hides. Rohm and Hass and AlliedSignal, two chemical companies, then moved in to add cancers and birth defects to the stomach turning aroma. In fact, for several years Bridesburg was ranked as the most toxic zip code in all of Pennsylvania. Locals could also make bullets or forge steel for a living."



Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: Yikes, a Confederate flag! Whew... glad you "saw something... snapped it."

Is the inhabitant(s) unaware slavery is repackaged as a "job" & his/her owners are very wealthy?

Like the pissed-off Texas G.O.P. Gov., are they interested in seceding from the broken State of the Union?

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

Flag was put up in 1996 to greet the second black person to move into the neighborhood. (She only lasted five weeks.) Flag hasn't been taken down since.


X said...

How cruel.

CC said...

Pennsylvania is the most Confederate state in the North.


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.