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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Fake-store-front-in-half-dead-mall--Cupertino








Fake store front in half-dead Vallco Shopping Center. This is not reflective of the local economy, however, just this obsolete mall. There is a lot of money sloshing around the South Bay.



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4 comments:

Ali said...

Do you think it'll be like that for a while?

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Ali,

Vallco Shopping Mall won't survive much longer. The bigger question is what will happen to the entire South Bay once the stock market implodes and, with it, our economy. Also, California is running out of water. Just an hour and a half from San Jose are all these depressed farming towns that are hard hit by a drought that has lasted more than four years now.

Linh

Ali said...

Yea, the drought has been happening for a while now and I am surprised people in the cities do not feel the effects of it. I mean, even the California statement government shows pictures on how bad the drought has made things (http://www.ca.gov/drought/).

How will be the money be useful when the water goes away?

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Ali,

I have a friend who's been in the South Bay for close to 40 years. He claims there's no drought by pointing to the green hills to the East of San Jose. "Did anybody water those hills?" He asked me. "Are they still green?"

He thinks the government and water company have come up with the "drought scare" to jack up water rates.

Linh

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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.