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Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Traveler and death--Leipzig










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11 comments:

Patricia said...

Perfect!
Happy New Year!
Patricia

LJansen said...

I hope that guy on the right is lifting some grog to his lips. Happy New Year, Linh!

Senior Dogs Abroad said...

Happy New Year, Linh. We've enjoyed your photos from Istanbul very much. Really, I think they've really begun to make us see and appreciate your photography skills. Right on and keep on keepin' on.

Linh Dinh said...

Many thanks, Senior Dogs. Wish I was on that island with you, with an Efes in front of me. Here's to a better 2016 for Turkey!

Linh Dinh said...

And Happy New Year to you, too, Patricia and L Jansen. Last night was my first experience of New Year in Germany. For several hours before midnight, then for more than an hour afterwards, fireworks were set off all over the city, not just in the center. There was also plenty of public drinking. This morning, Leipzig is uncharacteristically messy...

Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: Carol ill last night, I spent the evening serenely at home and wrote a poem.

Happy & blessed New Year to you and all Leipzig acquaintances... consider listening to this tune by my favorite American song writer, Tom Waits? It's about a gathering of junkies on New Years Eve, will give you sound of fireworks and a couple laughs too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw5sgek7rNw

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

Very sorry to hear about Carol... I have one more month of teaching, then I'll go to Kiev. Taking the bus, I'll pass through Poland, though in the dark mostly.

Linh

Chuck Olroski said...

Quite a powerful time & space covering thought for a poem, Linh, "Passing through Poland at Night on a Bus."

According to Jan Karski, the Underground moved through Poland (in the dark) a lot during the Nazi occupation, and I regret his heroic legacy and future fortunes were (inevitably?) choreographed by Zionists when he came to America and taught at Georgetown. I believe Karski was the first person to have entered a concentration camp in disguise, and lived to tell about the experience.

(There's a statue of Jan Karski sitting on a bench on the Georgetown campus)

Okay for now, I will extend your good will to Carol, and best wishes on the trail to Kiev.

destroytheuniverse said...

Happy New Year's sir, many thanks for your outstanding commentary and photography and this year I'll finally be able to show you some monetary appreciation.
Glad you got to enjoy Sylvester Nacht in Germany. Who says Germans don't know how to have fun?!

Linh Dinh said...

Hi destroytheuniverse,

I imagine it was even crazier in the Czech Republic, just down the way. Those guys really like to drink. Slavs, man...


Linh

Linh Dinh said...

Yo Chuck,

More than a decade ago, I read in an Italian newspaper a brief account of a Holocaust survivor. He said something like, "The first time, I went to Austria, I was in a box car, and the second time, I was blind. I've been to Austria twice, but I never saw Austria."


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.