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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Collapsing America,

Tahseen al-Khateeb's interview with me, first published in Arabic, now has an English home at Jacket2.




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6 comments:

Patricia said...

Dear Linh,
I enjoyed the interview greatly - thank you.
"In a hypermediated culture, the most radical act is to say no to all buffers and regain, touch by touch and one face-to-face conversation at a time, a more tactile reality, for it is, after all, your naked birthright."
I'm posting that on my wall, should I forget.
Love, Patricia

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks a lot, Patricia! I'm very glad you find that resonant.

Elizabeth said...

Great interview, I should say, but actually, I have a question. Why are you allowed to go on living? You say the most terrible things about Amerikans, but really, if we were that bad you would be dead. And I am so glad you are alive. But you make me as horny as a 15-year-old pimply Vietnamese immigrant.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Good Lord, watch what you're saying! I've been feeling half dead and can hardly write my new Centralia Postcard. Chuck is half dead, I'm half dead, you're half dead and Centralia is 99% dead.

Chuck and I were like two raving fools driving around coal country. He's filled with forebodings, personal and societal, and so am I.

Hey, aren't you supposed to write an essay on education?! Get back to work, eh.


Linh

Elizabeth said...

Linh, I don't see what was wrong with paying you a high compliment. All I said was I'm glad you're alive, and you complain? Sheesh!

I already wrote that essay, on your ridiculous schedule, no less. It's called "Teaching Torture in the Homeland," but you said you didn't want to read it. I only sent it to John Taylor Gatto, but he did not choose to comment. You should get on his mailing list--what a trip that man is!

Your blog is messed up. When it asks me if I am not a robot, it does not give me a test. And that part at the bottom, "about me," no longer vibrates like it used to. You have some computer problems, boyo.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I said I'd read the final, published version, not a draft. OK, I will email you a list of editors to send it to.

Linh

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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.