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Sunday, November 22, 2015


Black man's face--Brighton

An "urban" touch in nearly all-white, rich man's playground Brighton.


1 comment:

x larry said...

the rap culture here is pretty funny. all the white boys love it. lots of younger ones wear the just shit my pants look. also the gritty, urban glorification--it is true, it does LOOK like a similar (and truly terrifying) american urban landscape, the housing projects, the desolateness, the graffiti, but the similarities end there. it's actually very white, very safe, very polite, very boring. but they just love that look. anyone here would find themselves shitting their pants in no time in the heart of the philadelphia, baltimore, d.c. or chicago ghetto. but fatboy slim needs a cool backdrop to his life, ditto all the celebrities here. the greatest news of all is that none of this has in any way effected english music. it is, was, and will continue to be a music of death. to be a musician here is simply to be a businessman like any other, something i actually figured out in my wasted youth (they all seemed insincere, the old british invasion, excepting perhaps john lennon).


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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.