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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Huge shrimps--Ben Tre








A homecooked meal. The shrimps were caught in the Mekong that morning. The other dish is chicken in an amazing coconut milk-infused broth. Simply unmatched food.



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2 comments:

Lao Dan said...

You came back just in time to enjoy the richness of your people's, soon to be lost, traditions.

When it is unleashed Modernity spreads indeed like a cancer. Concrete and asphalt soon cover everything, cheap plastic commodities fill homes, and people become discontented not to possess all that is advertised. But oh miracle debts pay for all this shit. It was so easy to enslave people while dumbing them down into believing that every month they have to pay the banksters otherwise they lose the usage of what their debts paid for. This whole scheme worked for some time. But in the seventies the return of capital from the Western slaves was stagnating and so decision was taken to enslave the populations of the rest of the world. That's when --- things started to unravel for the Western Modern slaves, ---- the populations of the rest of the world started to dream of becoming modern slaves themselves....

I started reading your blog something like 10 years ago while living in the States. By 2002 I was unable any longer to digest the surreal US societal landscape where 99% suffer while 1% is above the law and siphons the wealth accumulated so laboriously over the last decades by the entire citizenry. I left for Beijing where I had lived between the mid-eighties and 2002. During my youth I witnessed the enslaving of Western Europeans and then I went witnessing the process of enslaving of the Chinese. My move to the States was meant to observe the fall ...of Modernity.

We are living in interesting times. The fall of Modernity pushes my left brain to think about civilization, worldviews and culture while my right brain dwells in painting... Best to do that in a quiet place, with good food, insulated from Western dualism and its proselytism.

Wish you well.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Lao Dan,

Many thanks for your thought provoking comment.


Linh

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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.