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Friday, June 5, 2015





destroytheuniverse said...

so many metaphors, ironies in this photo of a crepuscular old man in a haze of light and a l i t t l e american flag

Linh Dinh said...

Hi destroy the universe,

Walking 7.5 miles from Santa Clara to Sunnyvale, I saw him from a distant through a window of a nursing home. As he was dozing, I could photograph the old man without disturbing him. At the time, I didn't even notice the two little cookies. It was Memorial Day, hence the flag, though perhaps he keeps it there regularly.


Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: Did you see the news about the Pentagon giving the N.F.L. $7 Million for being patriotic? Often I wondered how much it costs to manufacture an American flag which spans end zone to end zone. No giant Betsy Ross around... Made in China?

I respect your comment (above), destroy the universe. Thank you.


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.