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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


TODY SHOP--Johor Bahru

I see English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Sanskrit, Italian and Korean, but there are two scripts I can't recognize. Do tell me if you know. The Vietnamese is not quite correct, by the way.



Brian Martinez said...

The top script is Tamil. The one above the Italian has me stumped though.

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks, Brian! The last script is like nothing I've ever seen...


Ian Keenan said...

I believe it's Pallava, "which spawned almost all the scripts of SE Asia." I have been boning up on SE Indian art history and had the impression that the Tamil-speaking Chola dynasty conquered SE Asia giving birth to Balinese religion, and the Pallava were the less seafaring dynasty from West of Chennai that the Chola defeated and copied their art, but the Pallava apparently got around too earlier. I don't believe that Pallava is currently spoken in India, certainly not by large numbers if any.

x larry said...

it seems there's one more mystery one? below the vietnamese there are two, one of which is presumably sanskrit. the other one...?

Ian Keenan said...

that's the Pallava xl

x larry said...

sorry, but i'm still confused. are there two lines of sanskrit below the vietnamese? those two lines seem to possibly be different languages? doesn't matter, but just curious. i recognize the korean but no idea of the meanings of individual words.


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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.