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Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Pizza Hut, Starbucks and McDonald's banners at train station--Leipzig

[train station]



Chuck Olroski said...

Jesus, Linh... while returning students home from school, a radio news break, another mass shooting, San Bernadino. The elementary age kids were anxious for me to put WKRZ back on, and I obeyed.

Nice picture, Bob Dylan dis an album called "Slow Train Coming."

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck

When I was back home in Philly, there were gun murders almost daily, but during my two months in Leipzig, there has been no murder of any kind.


Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: Glad to learn about no Leipzig murders in almost two months, as you know, difference here is our Controllers have successfully destroyed the economy and the morality of the heavily armed population.

Watched our telescreen until about 7 P.M., by that time a sophisticated (armored) military vehicle was on scene and evaluating a black SUV for explosives. Looked like leftover (hand-me-down) equipment from Summer's Jade Helm exercise; maybe stationed in the more volatile L.A., located not far from San Bernardino. Simulcast weirdness!

Wish you and all acquaintances well, must leave for A.M. school bus run.

Ian Keenan said...

I remember the feeling of checking out the cover of a London paper and a father had dislocated his daughter's finger, thinking that's not front page news back home

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Ian,

I'm thinking about showing my students videos from the Philadelphia Police Youtube channel. Hardly a day goes by without armed robberies and gun murders. Europeans cannot fathom the mayhem in American cities.



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.