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Monday, September 28, 2015

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Kenny begging during Pope Francis' visit--Center City








Twenty-three-year-old Kenny is from South Jersey. Kenny used to work as a mechanic in garage. When his mom got sick, he wanted to cut back on his hours to take care of her but his boss wouldn't allow it, so he quit. His mom is dead, and Kenny hasn't found another job since, thus he's been on the streets for two years. Sleeping on cardboard, he put weight on his wrist and damaged the radial nerve on his left wrist, hence the bandaged hand.


"You can’t really pin it on him, but he’s the leader, he has ways of making choices of how things should be, and he’s not saying that this is wrong or anything like that, and he’s not going to the poor places where he should visit and actually see, go to the places where he can actually give hope to. I have friends in North Philly and they’re like, ‘Why isn’t he coming here?’ Why doesn’t he come and see what it’s actually really like? Why be downtown where it’s all upscale? Where it’s completely upscale?

He’s a politician. He addressed Congress. I never thought in a million years a Pope would do something like that.

I’m a Methodist. I’m not going to lie to you… I only go to church on occasions, on holidays, but I’m a believer. Absolutely."



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7 comments:

x larry said...

very interesting interviews, linh.
it's an interesting point: why didn't he go to north philly? (i assumed he did with all the military up there--maybe he just drove through? or maybe it's just another experiment the world government is doing on putting military on street corners) just for p.r. it would have been perfect--except that a whole lot might, just might have gone wrong, sort of like that random black lady in dirty franks, hilarious from a distance but downright dangerous face to face.
the people going on about his greatness, humbleness etc are likely deluded. the guy who mentioned his being a great politician is likely right.
i didn't know, and am impressed, with what he was like pre-popehood. still, there he is with netanyahu, there he is before congress. what about the dalai lama comparison made here by someone? is that a compliment necessarily? i think all these guys are shams when all's said and done. perhaps not so a personal guru, not that i would know, but that sort of makes sense. but these very famous, very political 'spiritual' types? i can't see them going hand in hand. in mlk maybe. but even gandhi, which equals 'saint' to many, was very flawed to those less naive, an astute politician above all and extremely partisan--i'm no expert, but direct anyone interested to eqbal ahmad who writes on the subject.
still, wish i'd been there, i love that kind of buzz to some degree.
cheers!

x larry said...

two fun pieces just seen at YAHOO NEWS!!!!!
one article's title: 'Bored' Immigrants BEMOAN lack of cash to buy cigarettes and slow internet in camps.
it's almost as if they were actually human. above that, on the moving 'news' screen, was another picture of africans posing as syrians, with some headline about some holy man or famous person or someone wanting to help them, with the lesser headline saying something like 'saving the world tip no. 16: truth and justice'. wow! thanks! yahoo!!
also in the news today was a very grim paedophile ring in norwich uk, 6 women and 4 men, one woman 85 years old, who played poker to decide which child slave to molest and torture that night, among other things.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo x larry,

Just landed in Frankfurt. It's good to back in Europe. A couple more hours and I'll be in downtown Leipzig. I need me a beer.

Linh

Linh Dinh said...

P.S. Had to rush like a motherfucker to get those intereviews in before I rushed out of my Philly apt.

x larry said...

yo linh,
glad you're on this side of the pond. you simply can't beat german beer, or bratwurst. i'll bet you did rush, that's a lot to get done on your last night in Uncle Sam's Army. best of luck at the university--you coming to england at all?
take care

Linh Dinh said...

Hi x larry,

There's a good chance I'll be in London in mid November. If I can line up a reading in Brighton, I'll come down your way.

Linh

x larry said...

hey linh,
that would be really great. need a place to crash in brighton? i might even be able to find you one in london. no matter what or where, i'll be there. please let me know the date and place when you do. cheers man!
ps can i do anything to help with a brighton reading? take tickets, wash windows....

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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.