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Thursday, July 23, 2015


Evie in front of The Saint on 7-21-15--Northern Liberties

Front and Girard, in front of Saint Lazarus. This is on the edge of Northern Liberties, with Fishtown just across the street. At The Saint, a small pitcher of Rolling Rock is only $4, with price slashed by half during happy hour. I got there at four, so ordered a pitcher of Kenzinger for $5. It's brewed maybe half a mile away. I hadn't drank Kenzinger in 20 years so forgot that it's slop.

Vampire is Evie. She studied at Hussian School of Art and is now a floral designer. The dude, I can't remember his name, said he was a floor designer, probably as a joke. He had this blase, hipster demeanor the whole time, and everything was meant as ironic or just nonsensical.

After photo, we dragged our teeth and necks back inside.

Since Evie studied art, I asked who are her favorite artists, and she said Leonardo and Monet.

"What about contemporary artists?"

"I don't like any of them."

"Do you paint?"




"What do you paint?"

"The figure."

"Male? Female?"





"I just think they're more beautiful."

"Hmmm. If you're an artist, then you should see beauty even in ugly bodies, you know what I mean?"

"Yeah, I know," Evie smiles.

"So you can appreciate even an ugly body?" I grinned.

"Yeah, I've been with all kinds. Even 300 pounds!"

I laughed, "You are beautiful!"

"Thank you!"

Alexis was the bartender, and she gave me some zucchini planted in her own garden. I dipped it into the white sauce. "Hey, this is pretty damn good!"

During happy hour, a bottle of Guinness is only $2 at The Saint.

Fishtown used to be this mean-assed part of town, but gentrification is creeping up that way. Twenty years ago, I knew a guy who got whacked in the face with a piece of 2 x 4. The bridge of his glasses was driven into his skull. That's one way to never misplace your eyewear, I suppose.



Elizabeth said...

Too funny, Linh! This morning you have made me gaseous with laughter. BTW, men with beautiful bodies are usually worse than useless, in my experience. Not always, though.

x larry said...

in that neighborhood, or kensington, north of girard i think around maybe 10th, my friend and i were in his car, him driving. he'd turned it off. i won't say why we were there. anyway, half a block up from around the corner comes a very scary dude, straight for us, walking nonchalantly and swinging a golf iron which he would catch in his other hand. at first the car wouldn't start, then my friend screeched high speed in a wide berth around the fucker. i believe he would have killed us

Linh Dinh said...

x larry was in Kensington to shop in its famous outdoor night market. Here's a Kensington Postcard.

x larry said...

yes, i didn't mention that it was indeed the middle of the night, and in its own charming way a market too


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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.