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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Philly Jesus at Saints Peter and Paul on 5-24-16--Center City








When Michael decided to walk into the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, I thought, Oh shit, this is not going to end well, but the nun just said hello to Michael then went about her business. Inside, there were maybe a dozen people, divided between worshipers and tourists. Right after this photo, Michael said to a middle-aged woman leaving the church, "All of your sins are forgiven!"


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4 comments:

LJansen said...

Hi, Linh. I thought that was a picture of Obama walking into Saigon, shill for the U.S. defense industry that he is. Also the arbiter of morality throughout the universe.

LJansen said...

Oh, beg pardon. Obama's speech was in Hanoi. My mistake, compounding all of his. Linda

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Linda,

He's in Saigon now. I was thinking of writing something about Hanoi, but it never came together. Oh, well.

I have quite a few memories of Hanoi. After a few days in Hanoi, I can almost pass as a local with my accent. My body language is too American, though.


Linh

LJansen said...

Hi, Linh. Well, now he is on to his unapologetic trip to one of the places we nuked anyway. His pic should be in the dictionary over "hypocrite" with his (almost) crocodile tears about his troops raping and murdering Japanese women. Abe needs to kick him in the nuts.

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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.