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Friday, May 29, 2015

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Man-who-loves-hot-dogs-and-Orange-Crush--San-Jose








Gerald Anthony Martinez was born on August 22nd, 1949. Thinking I was Japanese, Gerald barked something in Japanese. When I told him I was Vietnamese, Gerald said that he had almost been dispatched to Vietnam, "but I got drunk and they didn't send me! The Viet Cong would have killed me. I would have died!"

Gerald said he just loves Orange Crush soda, 75 cents, and 7-Eleven's Big Bite hot dog, "You can get everything on it, and it only costs three bucks!"

Noticing his white hair, high forehead, broad face and black hole of a mouth, I said, "You look like my father."

"God bless you," Gerald said as I walked away.



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3 comments:

el mago said...

This guy's my brother's age, 3 years older than me. My brother is a gray haired big gut criminal lawyer defending mostly meth heads and other off the rail end of the line characters in rural/semi-urban Idaho. Kind of a Fox news type, my bro.

The pictured dude with his bottom level corporate food proclivites evokes a deep sense of sadness and ultimately some degree of compassion at the general state of human ignorance in all its panoramic display as you so consistently record. (Camden, man.)

The twang. It's everywhere. Thanks.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi el mago,

Check out this guy.

Linh

Anonymous said...

hey you are a genius at skewering the state of bullshit in this country, but what if you were still in viet nam? would you attack your catholic rulership or are you sorry they lost it...

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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.