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Monday, February 1, 2016

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Blaha Lujza station concourse--Budapest 7








Blaha Lujza station concourse. He was playing "House of the Rising Sun" chords.



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3 comments:

jac.bane.sr said...

Hey Linh,

Busking. Things can't be too uptight if they allow a twanger to play near the train stations. House of the Rising Sun is a good choice - since the busker has to immediately sell something popular and familiar that nearly everyone knows, including in Budapest. I imagine there's no place in Europe, Central Europe where they don't know rock music and probably loved it even more after the fall of communism and cutting the barbed wire on the Austrian border. It is interesting, I wonder how dude strumming makes out. Here in the US it can be brutal, confrontational, and depending where you are, get arrested or stolen from, and then beaten up.

jac.bane.sr said...

ps - as a middle aged American I find "House of the Rising Sun" both annoying and a bore, I imagine I tolerated it better when younger. But when you're on the job, you gotta give it to 'em.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi jac.bane.sr,

These subway concourses are filled with people just hanging around, and quite a few homeless, which surprised me. I hadn't known Budapest has such a serious homeless problem.

In Germany and Prague, most of the buskers would sing in English, but this man didn't sing.

In 1995, I was at a party in Hanoi. It was in a thatch house on stilts, a replica of the kind lived in by one of the hill tribes. There were dancing Vietnamese teenaged girls dressed like the Muờng, a hill tribe people. Alcohol was drank through reeds from a common jar. People sang. There was a white American there, and soon enough, people asked him to sing something. A good sport, he belted out "House of the Rising Sun."


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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.