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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I never listened to anyone that is more to the point about America. You hit the nail on the head.

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks! I'm just glad I didn't say anything preposterous!--Linh

Joseph said...

Excellent interview: insightful comments. Thanks.

Patricia said...

Beautiful, Linh! You did great! As usual your artful command of the language is a bonus!
Take care, Patricia

Swza said...

Hey Linh,
In this interview when you say you look forward to the collapse, do you believe there is a way for that event to unfold without widespread violence and chaos?
I personally can't imagine that when it happens, whether triggered by or in conjunction with runaway global warming, it can go down without massive, permanent and global wide amounts of suffering.

Linh Dinh said...

Many thanks, Patricia. For this interview before noon, I had gotten up very early and taken Amtrak in from Philly. Luckily, I found a very cheap Irish pub near the studio. Two pints of Guinesses settled me down and put me in the right mood to chatter.

Hedges was very down to earth, and our pre-interview conversation also helped to make me feel comfortable.

Linh

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Swza,

The collapse is coming, so we better brace for it, and widespread suffering is unavoidable. The biggest threat is the empire going down with all of its missiles firing. A Soviet style collapse is our best option, I think, but even here, we'll suffer more than they did, as Dmitry Orlov has pointed out so well.


Linh

Linh Dinh said...

And thanks, Joseph!--Linh

Swza said...

I appreciate this blog and admire your writing. Hope you've been feeling better lately.

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks, Swza. I've been feeling like shit, but the writing will keep coming. An Ann Arbor Postcard will be up shortly, and I'm also working on an Atlanta one.

Linh Dinh said...

Japanese friends are pushing to have my new book translated into Japanese. A couple of days ago, translator Miwako Ozawa sent me this nice note:

Please let me tell you that your book is just fascinating. It has so much humor (sometimes black) and is so informative. I learnt so much of America that I really hadn't had chance to know. The tone of your voice or cynical comment you make in the book makes me feel as if I were on the same bus or train observing people and situation with you. I just can't stop reading and now I am left with the mixture of feelings. It is thrilling, funny, and overwhelming, but so desperate and sad at the same time. I don't know if I use this term correct, but I feel like I am reading about "real" people, "real" America.

My salvation may be overseas. I've been on Iranian, Russian and even Icelandic television, but I'm invisible even in my home of Philadelphia, but this shouldn't surprise. Chris Hedges, clearly one of our leading public intellectuals, wasn't just fired from the New York Times for speaking his conscience, he was never picked up by any other newspaper.

Michael Newham said...

Saw the On Contact Show. Well done. Very articulate. Tried to buy your book on Amazon.co.uk but it says its not available to buy. By the way - Happy St. Patricks Day. I'm fond of the Guinness too :)

Linh Dinh said...

Thanks, Michael. There must be a way to buy the book in the UK, I hope.

Maybe in heaven, I will be able to afford to drink all the Guinness I want. As for this life, it's mostly crap, unfortunately!

Linh

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Michael,

I just checked Amazon UK, and found the book here, for £13.99:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Postcards-End-America-Linh-Dinh/dp/1609806530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489449758&sr=8-1&keywords=postcards+from+the+end+of+america

I hope that works.


Linh

Michael Newham said...

Ta for link. Kindle version not available on amazon.co.uk. Just bought paperback!

elkojohn said...

Excellent interview.
The majority of folks need to have some kind of hope to continue on.
In a hopeless situation, the courageous continue to fight on until the bitter end.

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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.