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Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Internet cafe--Istanbul

This wasn't too far from the Taşköprü tram stop. The boy running this internet cafe was about 14. There was no price list, so I showed him my coins. He took two liras, equal to 69 cents.

I had eaten at a joint where the waiter was about 11. Delighted to see a Vietnamese at his eatery, his dad didn't charge me. I had rice with white beans, eggplant with minced lamb and tea, the last bought by kid waiter from a nearby place.

Near this internet cafe, I saw a girl of about seven bring groceries to an old lady. From her third floor window, the old lady lowered a basket, tied to a rope, for the child to put groceries in. Then she dropped a coin. The kid ran away most happily.


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About Me

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.