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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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I wanted to record the relentlessly paranoid, creepy narration, but I didn't want to be reported as suspicious, then handcuffed and taken away. I mean, it was risky enough to just snap this photo. That's the new USA for you.



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Seconds after this photo, the owner drove up to open his store. Rachid Houggati is from Morocco, and his wife, Barb, is the veteran. I wish I had more time in Carlisle so I could eat here and talk to Rachid. They even have Moroccan daily food specials.

The United States Army War College is in Carlisle, so that's the other big presence here beside Dickinson College. The War College doesn't just educate American officers, but those from dozens of other countries.



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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy and England. 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 Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, among other places. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). 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, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.