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Thursday, December 24, 2015

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Covered women and depiction of blonde, half naked woman--Istanbul










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3 comments:

Chuck Olroski said...

Is that an Abu Ghraib "Torture Broad" super hero (makeover) pictured on the right?

Crazy bastards are everywhere.

Thank you.

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

There were a handful of tiny kid rides in front of a cafe. This was in a residential neighborhood in Northwest Istanbul. There were no tourists there. I ate at some tiny place without a menu and, you wouldn't believe this, they refused to charge me. The owner was delighted to see a Vietnamese guy in there. He said, "Japon?"

I said, "Vietnam."

"Holiday?"

"First time. Istanbul is a beautiful city." I grinned.

When I ordered tea, his eleven-year-old waiter son had to run down the street to get it for me.

In Vietnam they do this also. If you order something they don't have, they just run out to get it for you, if it's just down the block.


Linh

Chuck Olroski said...

Thank you for the very nice story about Istanbul good will on this very unseasonably warm Christmas Eve.

For the sake of Carol and her mother Florence, I am now leaving for the traditional "Wigilia" dinner where my sister & brother-in-law and 4-year old grandson Ethan will be present, and I will try to manly deal with whatever authentic "family connection" happens to appear.

Your pictures are a real joy to the Blogspot world, and thanks again!

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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.