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Wednesday, July 22, 2015



[North Philadelphia]



destroytheuniverse said...

a vision of engineered ugliness
this is our public space now
what evil cunts our overlords are

x larry said...

oh i find this downright attractive compared to most of what we have to look at--at least it's worn, lived in, with a history, probably in a once-interesting neighborhood. compare to, say, the 16th street mall in denver--the usual corporate hell, from top shop to corporate dining.
as for public space, there's just not much to speak of. i now live in england and it's the same most everywhere. unless you're in a park there's no where to sit. even parks often have few benches. you're meant to keep moving, or sit down only if you buy something (same for toilet use). seoul, where i've also lived, was appalling for public space. it's riverfront was disgusting, just ugly concrete--though it seems i heard somewhere it's been getting better since then, twenty years ago. it will probably end up very nice. koreans have a good asthetic sense, and seoul was probably beautiful before mcarthur burnt it to the ground for fun.


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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.