Posts tagged “love like hate”
September 30, 2011
“Though the mainstream media have stayed clear of this topic, the truths about the Fed are leaking out all over the web, so Big Brother has a solution. The New York Fed is seeking a vendor to help it monitor online conversations about the Federal Reserve. It wants “an alerting mechanism that automatically sends out reports or notifications based [on] predefined trigger[s].”’
June 28, 2011
“Linh Dinh’s Love Like Hate is listed by the Library of Congress under the subject headings Vietnamese-Americans, Vietnam, and Losers. These terms offer an insightful micro-synopsis of Linh Dinh’s novel, the first by the Vietnamese-American writer known for his paranoiac stories and poems. In Love Like Hate, Dinh presents us with a brutal, unsentimental portrait of modern Vietnam, with all its disillusionment and degradation.” — Rain Taxi
May 4, 2011
“Love Like Hate is [Dinh's] first novel, and a pleasure to read – the voice, words, and characters are as carefully crafted as a work poem or a short story. . . . If I were teaching high school, this is a book I’d assign to my students.”
April 13, 2011
To get good seats for Snooki, some students showed up seven hours early. The decision to invite her at $32,000 was made by the students themselves, so this was also democracy in action. Snooki is a Jersey girl, and the venue was in New Jersey, but the students’ identification with her goes a lot deeper, I think. They like her because she is wholly untalented and unapologetically stupid. Her vapidity gives them hope. If someone this unexceptional can cash in on fifteen glorious minutes, then maybe the good, easy life can be theirs also, unless, of course, they like to cogitate and can string three or four sentences together. If that’s the case, then fuggedaboutit. Onto the trash heap you go!
March 23, 2011
Motoyuki Shibata, noted translator of American literature and a University of Tokyo professor, emailed me, “I don’t know how much longer we can stay calm. Since the nuclear plants are down and we are not going to have the amount of electricity necessary for the way of life we have been used to, we need to figure out a drastically new way of living and that’s easier said than done.”
March 2, 2011
All over America, there are many roads without sidewalks. Many communities are built just for the car. Lawns, often vast, encroach right to the curbs. America’s 307 million people own about 150m cars. Entire blocks are reserved for parking garages. Walking on a road shoulders, one can feel like a vagrant or a prowling criminal.
February 2, 2011
In the wake of the recent Egypt riots, Linh Dinh, author of Love Like Hate, has published a list of ten things that we can learn about what happens when society breaks down…
January 26, 2011
If bad, corrupt and neglectful government and atrocious health care are signs of third-worldness, then much of the United States is already there. We’re number three! Our brand of Third World is unique, however. We have managed to become both over and under developed.
January 21, 2011
“Linh Dinh has written some of the most influential and widely-taught books of poetry and prose poetry, and his novel debut is equally groundbreaking. Love Like Hate paints an intimate picture of Vietnam before and after the Fall of Saigon. . . . Dinh proves the age-old mantra that poets often write better prose than prose-writers.” – The Hydra Magazine
January 7, 2011
“The spinmeisters are playing the same record over and over, recovery, recovery, scratch, scratch, recovery’s in da house! . . . With its attendant social chaos, crime and despair, the country is sinking into an economic quicksand, yet Americans are injected daily with a massive dose of tranquilizing nonsense . . . The collapse will not be televised. Ignored and alone, each of us will experience it singly. As blemish and accusation, you will be photoshopped from the American Dream group portrait. The lower you slip, the more invisible you will be. The disconnect between what’s real and what’s broadcast will become even more obscene by the day.” – Linh Dinh, author of Love Like Hate