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Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Laos-Asian-Market--Scranton-2








Laos Asian Market. A leaking air conditioner over the door rained on my head as I walked in. Inside, boxes lay at odd angles, most items had no price and the floor hadn't been mopped since the end of the Vietnam War. With foreboding, I bought a styrofoam tray of ready-to-eat khao phan. "Is this new?" I asked the lady. Though she said yes, I asked again, "This is from this morning?" Smiling, I stared at her eyes for signs of mirth as she again said yes. It turned out to be pretty good and, at only $3.50, reasonably priced.



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3 comments:

Cine said...

Mmmm that box of vegetales looks good. ;)

Cine said...

Oh it's spanish! :)

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Cine,

My khao phan paranoid has a basis. In Vietnamese, it's called banh cuon, and once I bought a tray in Philly, from Ba Le on Washington Avenue, that almost sent me to an emergency room. My stomach had never hurt worse and had I health insurance, I would have gone to a doctor for sure.

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.