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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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BURGER KING McDONALD'S--Istanbul










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3 comments:

Chuck Olroski said...

Thank you for this picture, Linh. A question. Does Turkey have either Islamic holy days or festive days where citizens go on gift buying sprees?

I just returned from a Scranton School bus run and streets are packed with traffic, presumably shoppers. On a "green" signal and as my bus moved ahead of an anxious motorist looking to make a legal right hand turn on Greenridge Street, I looked in the rear view and saw a young female driver who fashioned a cute green & white Santa cap, turn hostile and throw the finger at me.

In the midst of all the programmed hustle and bustle, the DOHS signals looming Christmas terror threats, presumably after consumers have blown their entire wad and supported store profit-making to the max. (sigh) US supported jihadists and nut cases are probably required to consult calendar dates prior to activating strikes.

Merry Christmas!

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

The Muslim holy month, Ramadan, is being targeted by retailers. Clothing lines put our their Ramadan collections.

The one Istanbul shopping mall I went into had a Santa Claus and Christmas trees. There were a lot of shoppers, but I don't think they were there because it was Christmas.


Linh

Chuck Olroski said...

If ISIS conquers the west, and just like Globalist profiteers, I suppose they'll still keep Santa Claus "in" and Jesus "out."

O yes, does Germany have a special (crazy) spending day like "Black Friday"? Thank you, Linh.

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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.