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Saturday, August 6, 2016


Rudy List in Dexter's Pub--Dexter (MI)

[Rudy List in Dexter's Pub]


1 comment: said...

Thanks Linh. I was getting the Ken-Burns-funky-good ol' Norman Rockwell kinda 'Murican heebie-geebies until we got back into the bar to talk shop with Rudy.

If memory serves me correctly - the first place they thought the Murrow Building bomber was connected to, was some sort of "white and paranoid" Michigan - description isn't supposed to be derisive - white and paranoid is probably ok. There appears to be good reason for paranoia, it's routinely encouraged. I'm thinking Michigan was where they thought to look because it was there they knew folks. Folks that had been trained for such "work" to begin with. Building gets leveled? It had to be "one of their own" in a twisted kind of way. A way that carefully plays out in the media, where's their only one possible monster. I'm in no way implying something so horrible is out of the ordinary for the military. After all, they'll sink one of their own ships if they need to.

What was considered suitable content for "White Power" and old duplicatin' machines back in the 70s is now more acceptable by the promulgating intelligentsia. Featuring well known stars like the Chomsky, the Finklestein, the Swanson, the Hedges and his invigorating histrionics when the bodies pile up "here's a war criminal, there's a war criminal", the rock star who's music we smoked pot to, the pinkcode CIA lady and her rag tag show-women, the two state thingie at the Brookings and the Wilson, the serious academic, etc, etc - stuffed right in there with our rattled perception.

A lot of us, I should say "I", went to grade skool where Yom Kippur was a "holy holiday" we could stay home. And for those of us who were dragged to Baptist Sunday school in Michigan, we heard the dude who used to foam at the mouth about how the Arabs trembled in panic, exiting their tanks in 1967 because of "the wrath of the lord so you better get straight or you know what's coming."

I think it's helpful to understand the "ear marks" of anti-semitism, such as was the domain of what we thought were hate groups in an earlier era - were designed by the same folks - the same people in power - who now see the need for a shift from what Israel is into something else. At least some of them do. Apartheid, colonial wars, bloody coups - obsolete, or too expensive to hide?

If you look down the road a bit, in this city where you're having a beer, you'll see the big jails, then you'll see the rot of Detroit, the rise of the casinos - the same jet fighter company that's putting it's latest wares right into Israel as we chit chat - is also all up in the bleeding carcass of 'Government' handling its mundane details over the decay, broken promises or extortion of the unlucky ones. You know that part of 75 where it says to look out for criminal fugitives who might jump out into the freeway, or run out of the industrial ruins with a vengeance.

It's 1976, there's still time, let's all pile in the big Ford and float up to Frankenmuth for chicken and uncle's beer stein collection. Those were the days.


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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 a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), six of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007), Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009) and A Mere Rica (2017), 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). 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.