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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Léo Jarzabek and I have been working on some songs together,

so at 3PM tomorrow (Wednesday) [it was earlier stated as 2PM, but Léo just emailed me to say he had to finish his laundry!], Léo will perform a set while standing in front of Leipzig's opera house (Gewandhaus zu Leipzig) on Augustusplatz.

Since Napoleon failed to capture Leipzig in 1813, it's up to Léo (a real Frenchman) to do it tomorrow.

Though obviously no rock n' roll guy, I tried to impress Léo by digging up an old photo of me and French punk legend Tai-Luc, taken in Paris in March of 2008. Léo said, "Hey, La Souris Déglinguée is my dad's favorite band!"

Tai Luc and Linh Dinh in Paris


2 comments: said...

Hey Linh, I didn't know you wrote songs. Or maybe you always have kinda? The thing that Robert Frost wrote, "the aim was song" or something?

Anyway, that's really cool. I play a lot and always thought I could ask to use someone's poetry to bolt it onto the music, if they felt like it worked. I play, and someone else would sing, because I can't do that since the guitar takes all my attention. I think I'm better at playing then speaking or writing, since each of those has a history of disaster. Can't wait to listen!

Linh Dinh said...


Leo is a 21-year-old student here in Leipzig, and I met him after a public talk I gave. We became friends. Leo said he played guitar and wanted to write songs, but had a hard time coming up with lyrics, so I sent him a few poems, but we both realized all but one didn't quite work as songs. That's when I started to write proper songs. As we knew we were leaving Leipzig soon, we decided to mount some kind of a performance before we were out of here.



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.