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Monday, October 26, 2015

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Bistro inside the Masaryk commuter rail station--Prague








Dirt cheap bistro inside the Masaryk commuter rail station. Crepe for $1.20, and you can choose from chocolate, chocolate plus coconut, chocolate plus peanuts, strawberry, blueberry, apricot or pear. Inside that little room is a window opening onto the sidewalk. To get the cook's attention, a customer can bang on a bell, the kind you find at a hotel reception desk. A little girl whose head could just reach the window did just that.

As for lunch or dinner, there is a choice of sausages, meatballs or a Spam-like ham. I'm not sure if the ham is the inspiration for Spam, or vice versa, but it was delicious. Coupled with an excellent mashed potato and a pint of pilsner, this set me back but $3.25.

The homeliness of this place is soothing, or at least it was to me.



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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.