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Friday, May 20, 2016

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Philly Jesus on front of members of the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge on 5-10-16--Center City










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4 comments:

LJansen said...

Our guys out here don't have such elaborate costumes. And no Jesus, either. They do some good calling out of people though.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Linda,

The white guy is Michael Grant, the Philly Jesus. He's not part of the Israelite crew. The next installment of Obscured American will feature Michael. It should be up by Sunday or so.

Linh

Linh Dinh said...

P.S. These black Israelites hate white people and gays. I haven't heard them rail against Asians, but I've been told by one of them that only blacks and Puerto Ricans are God's chosen people and can go to heaven.

LJansen said...

Yeah, they don't seem to like our downtown Palestine vigil. I've never gone over to hear what they are actually saying. But they do get into altercations with people. Big fun.

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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.