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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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Mexikoi ut station--Budapest









Mexikói út, Mexico Street, end of Line 1. I went there not knowing what's above ground. It turned out to be a few rather shabby looking stores, with a Burger King the spiffiest among them. I ran into a Vietnamese couple who own two adjacent shops selling clothing, food and household items. The man was quite annoyed because, the night before, someone had stolen two of his energy saving bulbs from the ceiling just outside his business. Each cost $20. He was studying his security footage to find the culprit.

From him, I bought two tall cans of Staropramen, a Czech beer, for $1.75 altogether.

He has been all over Europe. "If you really want to see a poor country, you should go to Romania. It's as poor as Vietnam."

"You're kidding me! The poorest Vietnamese live in thatch huts!"

"No, not anymore."

I'm sure I'm right, but since he's from the North, which is colder, thatch huts may be gone there.



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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.