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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Man on bench outside main train station--Prague











Begging sign bought from man on bench outside main train station--Prague








At park outside main train station. He was mostly talking to himself, but sometimes he would address people at a nearby bench. They all knew him. Becoming quiet, he read a book and, glancing over, I noticed that it had black and white illustrations. Then he took a couple of minutes to draw something. It turned out to be a sign, "PLEASE YOU [three drawn coins of 20, 10 and 1 koruna] THANK YOU!!!"

To get rid of extra korunas, I had just gone shopping for grocery. I bought two cans of goulash, some canned fish, dried beef sticks, a jar of coffee, etc., all for less than I'd have paid in Germany.

Though I only had 12 korunas left to give him, dude was happy to sell me his little sign. "Bye, bye!" He shouted quite cheerfully as he sauntered away.



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1 comment:

x larry said...

unrelated,
more news from SICKO:
9 year old vietnamese girl in 'iconic' --running naked after her village was napalmed--is after 40 years being treated for her constant pain.
shit-stick metallic female brit voiceover. it is pointed out that the itv crew 'of course' offered her a drink after this 'horrific' incident. that is, the NAPALMING by her government, and the u.s., of civilians throughout vietnam, laos and cambodia. the very same napalm that a high executive at dow chemical, which produced it, boasted to stick to skin while burning, 'like shit to a carpet'

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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.