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我刚刚睡了很长时间以来最好的睡眠。 我的梦是精心设计的,这意味着我忙碌的头脑终于有机会解决,至少是部分解决一些问题。 在一个梦中,我被要求复习一些悲惨的文学文本,并附有一些法语脚注。 当我捏造并搞砸了这项不受欢迎的任务时,一只鸣叫的公鸡救了我的屁股。 我醒了。

在拥有 10 人的山城 Librazhd,我每晚支付 6,937 美元。 当我在地拉那上小巴时,司机以为我走错了。 他一脸惊慌,问我要去哪里? 外国人不要来这里。

我的房间 有一个不工作的空调。 有热水。 我的浴室有淋浴间那么大,非常完美,因为它的整体功能也相当于淋浴间。 一种 淋浴软管 小蛇,“欧洲标准”水槽,地板上有一个排水管。 至少没有礼貌的梳子 很多头发 从以前的客人。 我有一个小阳台可以晾晒手洗过的衣服,所以从技术上讲,我可以永远呆在这里。 我还需要什么?

蝉鸣覆盖着潺潺的溪流。 白色或黄色的蝴蝶在灌木、杂草和野生白花之间编织、交错和浸染。 鸟鸣,蛙鸣,流浪狗吠。 往下看,我看到葡萄藤和两罐可乐,这是唯一的垃圾。 在远处,手指大小的人类来回走动,抵御死亡。 在公寓楼中潜伏着一座东正教教堂的形状,带有三座钟楼。 有一个篮球场总是空荡荡的,但已经有两个星期了,每天的最高温度一直在 100 度左右,比平时高 10 度。 在地平线上,山脉的排列相当戏剧化,我敢肯定,为了我的唯一利益。 他们知道我要来了,带着少女般的眩晕,匆匆就位。

走廊对面,有一个老家伙,离停尸房大概五步远。 透过他那扇薄薄的门,我能听到他在敲门。 与我不同,他必须使用共用浴室。 没有共同语言,我们只能互相挥手。

今天早上,一只公鸡的啼叫声听起来像婴儿的哭声,这让我心烦意乱。 即使在最田园诗般的环境中,也有巨大的痛苦,当然,在一个房间里,甚至在一个人的床上,但我知道什么,我刚到这里。 我们穿着可怕的旧衣服,突然摔倒,穿着小丑的破布,如果那样的话,我们将预订,尾随诅咒。

Librazhd 的特点是一座相当令人毛骨悚然的黑色石头纪念碑 两个被谋杀的诗人、维尔森·布洛什米和 Genc Leka。 在一个长方形喷泉的中央,躺着两个被斩首的头,一个睁着眼睛。 诗意的碎片爬上了脑袋的一侧。

多么好的一个概念,为了一个人的诗而被扼杀,但这种野蛮只会发生在一个仍然文明的社会,在那里最精心校准的语言仍然很重要,仍然有语言的阴影、色调和质地,而不仅仅是一个词来触发不断激怒白痴,就像今天的美国一样! 在那里,诗人与被谋杀无关。 这就像强奸尸体一样。

(即使在费城,也只有一尊诗人雕像。一个谦虚的 惠特曼的半身像 位于偏僻的俄勒冈大道,在 Dunkin' Donuts 的前面。 当然,还有优雅的沃尔特惠特曼大桥,但它建于 1957 年。)

到达 Librazhd 后,我直接前往中心了解我的方位,并找到一家旅馆。 和阿尔巴尼亚其他地方一样,到处都是咖啡馆。 在最华丽的地方,有一张全景照片 德累斯顿,那座悲惨的城市,德国的明珠,被野蛮地摧毁了。 避开所有的奇奇,我慢慢地进入一个简陋的、半遮蔽的关节,远离主要的长廊。

在外面的桌子上坐着一个结实的皮革男人,穿着涤纶马球衫和米色运动裤,最后一条腿。 在几口拉基酒之间,他用粗糙的手指卷了一根香烟。 不像我那瘸腿、过于聪明的屁股,他清楚地知道如何在不砍断脚趾的情况下挥动锄头。

我从一个男孩服务员那里点了一个大的 Korca。 也许 14 岁,他正在肆无忌惮地留出他的第一个小胡子。 转变为男人并非易事,很多人(如果不是大多数)都会反复失败直至死亡。 全世界的墓地都应该填满这个通用的墓志铭,“我很抱歉。 我没能成为男人。”

在二楼阳台上晾衣服时,一名妇女不小心将一大块木头掉到了人行道上。 低头一看,她没有看到扭动的尸体,也没有尸体,于是悠闲地回到了自己的家务活。 路过时,一位身穿针织衫的老人注意到了我,笑了笑。 我回以微笑,喃喃自语,点了点头。

在我第一口喝了 Korca 之后,我向后靠,伸展双腿,感觉几乎太舒服了,因为我周围的一切都完全正常。 人们有说有笑。 尽管坦率的对话对生活来说是宝贵的,但它们往往被拒绝。 如果您太分心或被审查而无法参与此类活动,那么您就在地狱中。

给我带来了我的第二个 Korca,小服务员用清晰的英语自愿地说:“你有什么需要帮助的吗?”

“其实我在找酒店。 这附近有吗?”

显然,这不是他遇到过的问题,因为在回答我之前,他不得不咨询下一张桌子好一分钟。

不过,他的指示非常流畅和准确,“你到那个拐角处右转。 然后你会看到一座桥,一座混凝土桥。 还有一座木桥,但不要过桥! 在这座混凝土桥后约二十米处,有一座 加油站. 问那里的人。 他们会告诉你酒店在哪里。” 现在,你可以尝试用任何西班牙语、法语或德语,你仍然可以从高中或大学时代汲取灵感。

阿尔巴尼亚小镇的英语说明一定相当不错,因为我在其他地方遇到过同样令人印象深刻的年轻人。

在人口 13,251 的佩什科皮,我和一个 19 岁的年轻人聊了将近一个小时,他跟着我没有问题。

“伙计,你的英语很好!”

“我是学校里最好的之一,”他笑着说。 “我们有一个英语作文比赛。 我连续两年赢了!”

“哇! 你赢了什么?”

“一块巧克力!” 他笑了。 “为了用英语写这篇长篇论文,他们给了我一块他妈的巧克力!”

“哈哈!”

“我们有一位美国老师。 他是一名志愿者。 他现在走了。”

“那么你可以用你的英语技能做什么?”

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“真的没什么。 我是这家咖啡馆的服务员。 下个月,我要去意大利采摘水果。 我至少会在那里呆三个月。 这会很辛苦,但至少我会赚钱。 在这里,我可以做同样的事情并且不赚钱。”

(最有趣的是,他说阿尔巴尼亚如果仍然是土耳其的一部分会更好,但即使你感到畏惧,请记住,一个小国依赖保护者是很自然的。与这个年轻人不同,大多数阿尔巴尼亚人认为美国会保护他们免受塞尔维亚人、希腊人或任何人的愤怒或逻辑的影响。现在,这太疯狂了!一位 70 多岁的阿尔巴尼亚人告诉我,“如果美国下降 100 米,我们将下降 XNUMX 米!”)

与我们同桌的是另一位 19 岁的年轻人。 他正在学习成为一名电工,希望能在德国找到一份工作。

虽然比天秤座大, 佩斯科皮 更远的内陆和更高的地方,所以更偏远。 在那里,很多人,尤其是孩子,真的给了我双重的印象。 当我坐在 城市咖啡三个七岁以下的小女孩从我身边走过五次。 虽然他们尽量保持谨慎,但每次都忍不住回头,延长她的审视时间。 很容易把她挑出来,因为她穿着一件“我是独角兽”的运动衫。 曾几何时,这个神仙甚至还绽放出灿烂的笑容,遇到这样的异国,她是多么的欣喜若狂。

无情地陷入空虚 佩什科皮咖啡馆,我发现中年主人睡在后面的小床上。 他吓了一跳,脱口而出:“谢谢!” 这就是他的英语水平。 当我在他身上试意大利语时,他只能在这里和那里挑出一个词。

After bringing me a \$1 bottle of Tirana Beer, he took out some pungent, semi-hard white cheese from his ancient fridge, cut it into five pieces and served them, free of charge. Appreciating this gesture, I’d tip him a buck upon leaving, but it was clear he didn’t expect it. There was no angling.

当我们懒散地坐在同一张桌子上时, 两个孩子 把鼻子贴在咖啡馆的门上,盯着外星人。 从他混杂的阿尔巴尼亚语和意大利语中,我了解到他来自佩什科皮以南的一个村庄,但仅此而已。 我们互相镜像,大部分时间都沉默地坐着。 每个人都以自己的方式筋疲力尽,我们凝视着夕阳照亮的混凝土或裸露的砖块 建筑物 在他荒凉的咖啡馆外面。

两天后在我出城的路上经过他的生意,我注意到有人坐在黑暗中。 站起身来,他走进光线,挥手告别。

Peshkopi 曾经吹嘘过一家奥巴马咖啡馆和酒店,但与巴拉克不同的是,这是历史。 在克鲁耶,有乔治布什酒吧、乔治布什面包店,甚至还有乔治布什雕像。 在极小的科克雷夫附近,乔治华盛顿的脸被画在咖啡馆的一侧。 到处都是古老的荣耀和自由女神像。 可悲的是,阿尔巴尼亚人比美国人更相信美国。

在阿尔巴尼亚的五个月里,我被多收了四次,而且几乎没有一次。 那是杰出的。 当我的眼镜需要插入新螺丝时,地拉那的一位老人只要了 10 美分。 我付了他一块钱。

即使有太多年轻人在希腊、意大利或德国等地工作,阿尔巴尼亚家庭仍然相当完整和健康。 我经常在公共场合看到有孩子的父母,孩子们都很开心,也很自信。

In 培拉特,三个小男孩走近我。 有人问:“你是哪里人?”

“越南。”

“我们来自阿尔巴尼亚!”

不客气,孩子。 它过去挺美。

在人口 8,440 的 Gramsh,两个女孩走到我面前。 年长的,大约七岁,问道:“嗨,你是哪里人?”

“越南。” 当她考虑到这个奇怪的事实时,我补充说,“它离中国很近。”

她满意地吟诵着,“很高兴认识你,”然后他们微笑着走开了。

我见过孩子们玩捉迷藏,互相追逐,或者在无人看管的情况下爬上什么东西,因为这里非常安全。 我看到一个男孩挥舞着一块 纸板 只是为了好玩,为什么不呢? 由于大多数阿尔巴尼亚人只购买 用过的 衣着,他们不太可能购买智能手机 他们的孩子. 这是一种隐藏的祝福。 那些必须不停地插电的人迷路了。

由于我的 Librazhd 酒店没有 Wi-Fi,除了我们精心策划的经济崩溃和暴风雨之外,我不会知道任何新的全球灾难。 我也不知道 Shohei Ohtani 是否打出了更多的本垒打? 在电视上看到美国棒球场,你会认为在那个已经过去的疯狂社会里,一切都还很正常。

美国变得越疯狂,它的囚犯就会越强烈地依赖它的媒体,至少是为了嘲弄生活、自由和对幸福的追求。 当你的城市在燃烧时,你仍然可以被一些主妇变装皇后或另一首撒旦歌曲抚慰。 商业广告让人放心。

作为一个普通的小镇,天秤座并不比其他任何地方更像是一个天堂,只要允许常态开花。 这些天在大多数地方,这就像要求一个 登陆月球.

人们常说无聊是小城镇的大魔咒。 正如诺曼·刘易斯 (Norman Lewis) 所描述的那样,很少有人能比西班牙画家安东尼奥·里巴斯 (Antonio Ribas) 更令人难忘地总结这一点:

“在这里,”里巴斯说,“所有人所患的疾病都是无聊。 他们的脑袋里什么都没有。 他们养育了一个孩子,然后就安于等待死亡。 在平静的生活中,他们会走极端去制造事故。 丈夫谋杀了一个陌生人。 妻子勾引神父。” 他摇头。 “十四条黑色衬裙隐藏了所有身体中最性感的部分。”

然而,我认为无聊引起的恶习在城市中更为普遍。 丰富的娱乐和餐饮选择不会削弱人们的食欲,反而会增加食欲,达到狂热的地步。 这就像观看 500 个有线频道或无尽的色情片。 脑袋空空,处处乏味。

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另外,你渴望被人看到和听到的渴望得到了满足,如果有的话,因为你们有这么多人,在这辆地铁车厢里有十几个更好看的人。 如果这座城市是一个丰盛的自助餐,并且在视觉上令人振奋,那么您就是其中最少的物品之一,只是粘在热板上的豌豆、玉米粒或通心粉。

所有科学家都同意,一个典型的世界主义者平均每天自慰 XNUMX 次。

当然,这里有很棒的博物馆,虽然它们让你厌烦死了,还有尼泊尔、库尔德、乌兹别克和刚果餐厅,你没有尝试过,更不用说 Iblis、Gehena、Beelzebub 和 Yama's Court 夜总会,你可以'负担不起,但有了下一个发薪日贷款,您将直奔世界著名的无底坑,那里有数百名几乎不合法的女孩同时跳钢管舞。

Although it’s nearly 5PM, I haven’t even had lunch, so I’ll walk three minutes to this ordinarily charming place to chow, for just \$2.50, on pilaf with 猪排意大利面条 配牛肉块和一大块羊奶酪。 昨天我把盘子擦干净后,那位女士问:“泥潭?” 我对她竖起了大拇指。

阿尔巴尼亚人不喜欢酱汁、香草或复杂的调味料,但如果用心去做,简单的盐和胡椒就足够了。

正常就够了。

琳·丁(Linh Dinh) 最新的书是 来自美国末日的明信片。 他维护着一张定期更新的照片 新闻.

 
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  1. “这是一个多么美好的概念啊,为了一个人的诗而被杀死,但这种野蛮行为只会发生在一个仍然文明的社会中,在那里最精心校准的语言仍然很重要,仍然有语言的阴影、色调和质地,而不仅仅是一个词触发不断激怒的白痴,就像在当今的美国一样! 在那里,诗人与被谋杀无关。 这就像强奸尸体一样。”

    一如既往的好东西,Linh。

    (在美国,如果一位诗人被国家谋杀,只有诗人会关心。但它必须是目前排名最靠前的真正毫无价值的诗人。否则,他们也不会在意。)

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  2. Wyatt 说:

    伙计,从描述中,我以为你在一个非常不发达的东南亚国家,美国在轰炸老挝和柬埔寨时错过了这个国家。 我不知道欧洲还有什么地方可以如此不发达。

    Peshkopi 曾经吹嘘过一家奥巴马咖啡馆和酒店,但与巴拉克不同的是,这是历史。 在克鲁耶,有乔治布什酒吧、乔治布什面包店,甚至还有乔治布什雕像。 在极小的科克雷夫附近,乔治华盛顿的脸被画在咖啡馆的一侧。 到处都是古老的荣耀和自由女神像。 可悲的是,阿尔巴尼亚人比美国人更相信美国。

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  3. Fanmail 说:

    Lind Dinh 是世界上最理智的人。

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  4. Linh, how is your Albanian coming along? Obviously not a language most people get exposure to, but seems like it should be less difficult for English speakers than Serbian or Ukrainian, and it has a lot of borrowed vocabulary from Latin, much like English.

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  5. @Peter Akuleyev

    您好彼得,

    I can sort of read menus and some signs, but that’s all. I’ve gotten help in a few situations by speaking Italian.

    At the Librazhd restaurant, one guy spoke Italian, but the next day, another guy didn’t understand my request for “fagioli,” Italian for beans, then I remembered that it was “fasule” in Albanian, so I said that.

    Fasule is obviously dervived from fagioli. Albanian for fish is peshke, which comes from the Italian pesce. Meat, though, is mish, and not anything like carne. Spaghetti in Albanian is makarona.

    My mind is too cluttered and fatigued to learn even basic Albanian, man.

  6. @Linh Dinh

    P.S. Fasule comes directly from the Latin phaseoli, and not the Italian fagioli…

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  7. I’m glad you are safe and happy (content) maybe?
    You are wise Linh Dinh, I know that.
    Why not a nagging (zurzurri) wife? The roosters, crickets, car horns will become irrelevant.
    Look around and find one.
    Since you are always broke, you can be sure she will like you for the person you are.
    Just don’t tell her about your American passport.

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  8. @Rev. Spooner

    嗨,斯普纳牧师,

    When I left Vietnam in late February of 2000, I never thought I would be away until now, but the country’s borders are still closed. Foreigners who were already there were allowed to stay, but just over a month ago, they kicked most of them out. This makes no sense.

    Nearly all of East Asia is still closed, incredibly. I’m half scheming of getting back in that direction, but until I’m in a room at my new destination, I won’t believe it. It’s maddening to travel right now.

  9. 上帝,丁先生,这让我哭了。 你写的真漂亮。 真希望当时我在你身边。

    • 同意: follyofwar, KeltCindy, Polistra
  10. Ping Pong 说:

    Hi Linh. Some comments evoked by your experiences in serene Albania. First, what about Mother Teresa? She was Albanian before went to India. Your writing reminds me of what I do sometimes when bored. When work slows down, I open a blank page of my word processor and start with the introduction, “I have a story to tell.” After I write those 6 words, mundane stories occur to me. I enjoy passing the time writing to myself and my audience of about 3, including my “adopted” daughter in VN Anh Thu D Le . Suddenly my wife is much adored there. They call her Co Mai. At last count her one hour interview with with a reporter named Truong generated 14,500 viewers and 750 comments. She wrote a book of her memories pending release. It will be a classic. She pays for bridges and schools in the back country. Her beloved brother Linh was killed in the war. Her 4th son is Linh. We live in California. More interesting stories, please.

    • 回复: @Rev. Spooner
  11. dimples 说:

    It’s hard to think that murdering poets might be like raping a corpse, unless you were desperate for relief of course.

  12. Smith 说:

    Have to disagree with you.

    Visited many places, Europe, China, Singapore, Malaysia…

    Only paradise on Earth is Viet Nam.

  13. utu 说:
    @Linh Dinh

    Italian fagioli and Greek φασούλια and Turkish fasulyeler refer to beans that were not known in Europe until the 16th century. There were fava beans and some lupin beans native to Europe and Asia but they were not referred to as fagioli, φασούλια or fasulyeler. What is the etymology of fagioli and what it did refer to before American beans made it to Europe? If Romans had phaseolus and Greeks φασούλια words what did they use them for?

    • 回复: @utu
    , @Anon
  14. W 说:

    A typical cosmopolitan averages twelve masturbations a day, all scientists agree

    How is the possible? You need to sleep and work man.

    🔧

    • 哈哈: Trinity
    • 回复: @Tony massey
  15. TG 说:

    A brilliant post, kudos. Very affecting.

    But if I may: Malthus was right. If people breed like rodents, sooner or alter they and their children will live and die like rodents. The simple pleasures described in this piece could not exist if there were 100 truly desperate hungry people competing for each job.

    Limited as the lives described here are, compared to places like Pakistan, where a majority of children grow up chronically malnourished often to the point of being permanently stunted, this place is prosperous by historical standards.

    But the rich love cheap labor almost more than life itself, and the best way to get cheap labor is to have the proles breed like cattle, and anyone saying different must be a racist. Or a communist. Or whatever.

    Let these small towns be consumed by a population that doubles and quadruples and octuples etc.etc.etc. and you would find that things would not be as idyllic count on that.

    • 回复: @YetAnotherAnon
  16. anon[676]• 免责声明 说:

    be careful – Albanians still have honor killings. Strict Rules on when its allowed, but still..

    • 回复: @Rev. Spooner
  17. utu 说:
    @utu

    The generic name Phaseolus was introduced by Linnaeus in 1753,[6] from the Latin phaseolus, a diminutive of phasēlus, in turn borrowed from Greek φάσηλος ‘cowpea’, of unknown origin.[7][8] The Latin word phaseolus is often incorrectly glossed as ‘kidney bean’, a New World crop

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaseolus

    Cowpea (Black-eyed pea)

    Cowpeas were domesticated in Africa[4] and are one of the oldest crops to be farmed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowpea

    un’antica parola greca (phàselos) e latina (faselus o faseolus), che indicava un’altra leguminosa (secondo alcuni, del genere Vigna).

    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaseolus

  18. Otto Zeit 说:

    Your distinction goes to the motivation for such acts. Lin’s analogical comparison is based on the fact that “raping a corpse” is essentially trivial and irrelevant in that the “person” who would otherwise be “victimized” by the “rape” is already long gone, while, in America at least, a case of poet-murder is trivial and irrelevant – to most people – for different reasons, namely because they don’t care enough about poetry to even notice.

  19. @Linh Dinh

    来芝加哥吧。 你会找到足够的东西让你忙碌,我保证!

    • 哈哈: GMC
    • 回复: @Windy City
  20. thotmonger 说:

    Looks better than Haiti, though should there not be a few trees on that hilltop? For passing storks.

    p.s. Maybe to keep the flow of opium to Europe will USA come to the aid of Albania. But with all the statues torn down the hard fighting southern boys are not going to give all anymore…. LBGTQ America is sure to lose the next big conflict. Then the thankless turkey will eat its own tail.

  21. 一篇写得很漂亮的文章,Linh。

    \$10 bucks a night for a room ? Can’t beat that.

    Here in Glendale, AZ. I’ve finally found a new apartment.
    \$1,000 a month for a 420 sq foot studio.
    便宜,因为我可以找到不去市中心的蟑螂汽车旅馆。
    Most places want \$1300 to \$1500 per month.

    I remember back in 1975 getting the same apt. for \$80 per month.
    在那些日子里,你走进办公室,掏出一些现金,在几张纸上签名,然后他们把钥匙递给你。
    也没有 BS 租房者保险。

    I heard Ohtani pitched in the All-Star game last night….haven’t watched it in years, although as a kid, you would’ve had to drag me away from the tv when that game was being played.

    今晚在密尔沃基举行的第 2 场比赛中,太阳队在总决赛中以 1-4 的比分领先雄鹿队。
    阿卜杜勒·纳德 (Abdel Nader) 出生于埃及亚历山大市,膝盖受伤,上场时间有限。
    希望太阳队最终在墙壁倒塌之前赢得一场比赛。

    不确定最终的游戏是什么样子的(也许你对此有一些想法)但感觉就像暴风雨前的平静。

    Off to listen to “I’m a Man” by The Spencer Davis group. Closest I can come lol.

    保持冷静 Linh

    • 回复: @follyofwar
  22. gsjackson 说:

    让我想起了斯普林斯汀大约 50 年前(当他有灵魂的时候)写的一些诗句:“这里的诗人什么也没写。 他们只是退后一步,让一切顺其自然。” 现在整个国家都是丛林。

    • 回复: @anonymous
  23. Another fascinating article. And I used to think that Albania was hell on earth.

    • 回复: @The Real World
  24. @nosquat loquat

    I’d love to kill every post-modern blank-verse ‘poet’. Slowly and sadistically.

  25. Alfred 说:
    @Wyatt

    I did a little research. The translation is false. The guy in a turban never said anything of the sort. Youtube does not offer translations for this interview. I don’t want to watch it for an hour to determine what it is that he said.

    FWIW, the Iranians foolishly sent fighters to the Balkans to help NATO. Now, they know better. In Syria, Iranian irregulars and the Hezbollah protected Christian villages. 🙂

    MEMRI is a website created by an Israeli general. 🙂

    • 回复: @Jazman
  26. Alfred 说:
    @Linh Dinh

    Fasule is obviously derived from fagioli.

    Arabic – فاصوليا (fasoulieh)
    Greek – φασουληηη (fasoulii)
    Maltese – fażola
    Russian – фасоль (fasoul)
    Turkish – fasulye
    Ukrainian – квасоля (kvasouli)

    Some words are quite international. You would be surprised how many versions of “cow” exist. 🙂

  27. “Maybe 14, he was brazenly growing his first moustache.”

    Oh, how I remember when I was a fourteen year old and so proud of the growing fuzz on my lips.

    • 回复: @RadicalCenter
  28. @W

    12 is nothing. I’m at 12 before noon with 12 hours Togo. Who cares about 12? 12 is nothing

  29. I worry about you Linh….your writing reminds me of the Gazan, Riverbend. Quiet perfection. But you knew she couldn’t last, she was a wordsmith writing poetry, disturbing mules. Some US agency is surely looking to disappear you too.

    Go well, as far as you can, and report back,. We will be waiting.

    Oklahoma farmer

    • 回复: @anon
  30. 也许你的下一个系列应该命名为“文明终结的明信片”Linh。

  31. Trinity 说:

    Sonny Liston’s gravestone says simply, “A Man.” Well that was simple and most certainly true. Wonder how many gravestones have a bunch of horseshit written on them? Like funerals where everyone that dies was ” a good man” or ” he is looking down on us all from Heaven,” speaking of George Bush, pappy, not junior. “Songbird McCain” was another one and so was Negro John Lewis. Sheesh, IF someone honest would have only marked these cats gravestones you can imagine what they would have written. Wonder IF these 3 guys are “looking down on us” now? Lord knows that they probably looked down on plenty of people on earth, maybe they might be looking up at us now? Whatcha think? IF you were to believe pastors that preach funerals, everyone is in Heaven except Hitler and Charles Manson.

  32. Windy City 说:
    @Gaspar DeLaFunk

    Linh has been to Chicago on several occasions. As a Chicagoan, I say stay far, far away…

  33. St-Germain 说:

    Great essay, Linh Dinh. That was a brilliant analogy with the beheaded poets. Killing an inconvenient wordsmith still has meaning in a place that reveres its own culture. The same act just devolves into raping a corpse in a crumbling society that is gleefully eviscerating its own culture.

    As usual, your article is packed with wise insights. There’s much similarity to Amerindian authors like Vine Deloria jr. or Thomas King. The world’s knowledge seekers shun places like Albania or Vietnam but flock to the imperial U.S. where wisdom is now rare. Do you suppose there’s an inescapable tradeoff between wisdom and knowledge?

    Your travel itinerary points to your choice. Complacent westerners need to be reminded of the social values and common sense we seem to have lost. But maybe such wisdom can only come from those who hail from places that have already been bombed, invaded, occupied, starved or stolen by predatory empires. Whatever the case, your columns are priceless.

  34. Treg 说:

    Gosh I love this writing. Each time I read his words like water I feel guilty for not paying. I must fix that. I must buy some of his books.

    • 同意: KeltCindy, Polistra
  35. follyofwar 说:
    @Wyatt

    “未开发”是什么意思? 对我来说听起来很迷人。 在美国,如果不停止拜登-哈里斯政权,那不久将成为南非的那一天,不发达的阿巴拉契亚山脉边远地区(听起来像是 Linh 美妙地描述的阿尔巴尼亚飞地,虽然不那么文明)将像天堂一样垂死的国家,如果他们只能阻止蓝州难民并停止进口芬太尼。

    • 回复: @Jeff Stryker
  36. @TG

    “the best way to get cheap labor is to have the proles breed like cattle”

    No, because if the proles are all of the same nation, they’ll form unions and political parties, and demand affordable family formation, high wages and cheap houses.

    The secret is to import cheap labour and call the proles racists.

    • 同意: Alfred, Polistra, Charon, Bugey libre
  37. anonymous[202]• 免责声明 说:
    @gsjackson

    显然,从未听说过 mumblerap。

    你说你起诉什么。

  38. Fr. John 说:
    @Wyatt

    哇。 如果一个阿拉伯人能说一个阿尔巴尼亚人的话,难怪东正教会如此厌恶他们!

    The Albanians were the original ‘Fundamentalist Dispensational Protestants’ of Eastern Europe.
    Seduced by the ramblings of people like Joachim de Fiore, they longed for a supposed “Rapture and Millennium’ theology, and reduced the Trinity to a mere philosophical construct, rather than the full-orbed Patriarch of Conciliar, historic Orthodoxy.

    Thus, they were ripe for the even more reductionistic heresy of Islam. And that’s why, surrounded by former Orthodox Nations, the ‘Appalachia of Europe’ is what it is, today….a secular, but fiercely, ‘First Church of theological reductionism’ – just because. Bless their hearts…..

  39. @A Half Naked Fakir

    Yes. I always remember my Dad humoring me when I thought I “needed” to learn to shave at age 13. He treated my request seriously and never made me feel foolish even though it was obviously premature. He knew what a big deal it was. I felt like I was a real man. I wish he were still here to smile about it with us.

    • 谢谢: A Half Naked Fakir
  40. Love the Antonio Ribas part….. all about boredom and extremes and then this unexpected diamond: “…..shaking his head. ‘Fourteen black petticoats hide the most sensual of bodies’.”

    Reminds me of Virginia Woolf’s comments about Marcel Proust’s writing. ‘Oh, if I could write like that!’ I cry.

  41. BorisMay 说:

    Lovely piece, wish I was there…well in spirit if not in actuality. Of course, one man’s heaven is another’s hell. The Italian influence suggests that even under Tito that part of the world had greater connections with the rest of the Med than one would have thought.

    Actually there is nothing wrong with boredom. As a poet…I’ve been sharing some poems today with a relative who had no idea I was a published poet…I can understand being executed for what you write. Words are such weapons they make nuclear bombs look like blunderbusses compared to a well chosen word or an acutely placed colon. Being executed for what one wrote in a poem is the ultimate accolade. Being published as a poet makes the special almost banal.

    Sylvia Plath was executed for her poetry by people who should have known better. Okay it was a gas oven in a posh suburb of London, but it was tantamount to execution. You are immortalised by the act.

    Instead we have to immortalise war criminals like Winston Churchill or any US president since JFK was culled. There’s no comparison between the warmongers and poets. I’d rather be a poet any day, even if I’m broke every day of my life. One good poem…

    Great writing Mr D. Thanks for that.

    • 回复: @Gugwee
  42. follyofwar 说:
    @HalconHigh

    为什么住在亚利桑那州这么贵? 美国西南部的大部分地区是一片炙热的沙漠,降雨量不足,无法支持逃离中美洲和蓝州地狱的数百万移民。 最好的日子已经过去,无法重来。

    有多少人还在看可笑的 NBA? 因为他们在大流行缩短的赛季开始较晚,所以他们仍然在七月份比赛。 即使它在 XNUMX 月份完成(通常是这样),它也拖得太久了,无休止的季后赛持续了两个月。 我很高兴勒布朗的球队没有继续比赛。 一件值得感谢的小事。

    现在,推迟一年的奥运会将在几周后举行,尽管大多数日本公民并不想要。 我不明白为什么这些百万富翁 NBA 球员或 PGA 高尔夫球手会想去,尤其是在严格的 Covid 协议下。 无论如何,高尔夫永远不应该被放回奥运会。 它不属于那里。

    还有比奥运会更无聊的体育赛事吗? 相比之下,Linh 的阿尔巴尼亚听起来像是天堂。

    • 回复: @HalconHigh
  43. HT 说:

    I just want my white Western civilization back that the Leftists are taking from us. I do not want to live in ignorance and savagery. Now I understand why liberty is so rare. These Marxists are going to force a literal civil war in America to stop them.

  44. Trinity 说:
    @profnasty

    Hitler could be in Heaven, but I am saying the (((official narrative))) is that Hitler is in Hell. IF I were a betting man I would say that Hitler had a better shot at entering the Pearly Gates than his contemporaries FDR, Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower. I think MOST will be SHOCKED when that day comes personally, that is IF you believe in that sort of thing. I am just always amused that nearly every single funeral everyone is going to Heaven. lololololol. And the dearly departed were always a “good man,” and all that other malarkey you hear at funerals. I think the most ridiculous thing about funerals are flowers. ” A dead nose smells no rose.”

    Back to Adolf Hitler. Can you imagine IF Hitler is indeed in Heaven? So many pastors and preachers have told (((tales))) about how evil Hitler was and how he must be in Hell, blah, blah, blah….

    • 回复: @Old Palo Altan
    , @profnasty
  45. Gugwee 说:
    @BorisMay

    A bit off-topic, but I have always suspected that Sylvia Plath was murdered by her husband’s (((mistress))). Sylvia was Austrian. She was gassed in an oven 20-some years after WWII. Food for thought, huh?

  46. @follyofwar

    为什么中国、墨西哥或意大利的疯狂科学家决定向他们的地区注入毁灭灵魂的麻醉剂,为什么农村白人穷人如此愚蠢,以至于成为人类的豚鼠?

    中国人做到了,他们基本上没有愚蠢到接受它。

    Let’s be honest, the poor white proles who get hooked on drugs make life so miserable that they would lend credence to Duterte’s strategy of wasting shabu addicts in Philippines. They damage their families, steal what little possessions their poor old mother to pay for drugs, molest girls, mug people & generally make an entire community a misery.

    In a way Fenatyl is a good drug because unlike crack or meth or heroin which leads some moron to make his family’s life a misery for 20 years until he dies or turns somebody’s daughter into a street hooker who dumps her out-of-wedlock kids by some junkie or john on her weary grandparents…they die quick.

    人们可以理解为什么有些人离不开酒、大麻或烟草。

    但作为一个认识一些疯子的人,他们的后半生都背着一只猴子,为什么白人流氓开始尝试这些药物是很神秘的。

    阿巴拉契亚地区不如巴尔干地区的一些死水区发达,这对美国有什么看法?

    那么为什么这么多阿尔巴尼亚人移民到芝加哥呢?

    为什么阿巴拉契亚一直贫穷?

    • 回复: @Gugwee
  47. Here on the outskirts of Portland, OR, a life of increasing existential terror is relieved periodically by only a small handful of things anymore. Conversations with the aged Franciscan nun who I pay \$100/month for an hour of “open, frank conversation” since all other options for this have disappeared in a wave of shamings and severances since Trump won (and she’s a captive audience). Time in the yard with the bumblebees, occasionally a nice natural visual. Dinh’s Postcards book devoured on two sittings earlier this year and each fresh entry found here on unz.com, favored more than even Orlov who saved my life way back in 2009, or Edward Curtin, or Vanessa Beeley.

    It is a very strange thing to feel closer to some poet travelling the world that I will never meet outside of this strange and isolating virtual space, but nevertheless I am very glad for it once again this fine morning. Thank you for your work, Mr. Dinh!

    • 回复: @Hardrock
    , @Graham Seibert
  48. AndrewR 说:
    @Trinity

    If hell were real, all three of them would be very unhappy right now.

  49. @Trinity

    桑尼·利斯顿的墓碑上简单地写着:“一个男人。”

    谢谢,我不知道。
    It’s true, also, what I know about him.
    My Grandfather, who was an RN boxer, put me into a Boxing Club at age seven; can recommend this for any grand/son of any reader here …

    I remember the shock in 1964 when the upstart Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) danced around the ring evading Sonny’s devastating left … and then won …
    他也变成了一个男人。

    PS 谢谢,Linh,又是一集精彩的节目。

    • 谢谢: Trinity, AceDeuce
    • 回复: @follyofwar
    , @Joe Paluka
  50. AReply 说:

    Following up on the previous comment:

    “Oooh, wonderful travelogue Mr. Dinh — BTW, your name is quite unusual…”

    We now return to our regular programming of Adolf Hitler in Heaven, previously in progress…

  51. Jazman 说:
    @Alfred

    Unfortunately Iran during war in Bosnia was very involved against Serbian people and now I can say population have mixed feeling for Iran . Serbs in Bosnia openly support Israel and I do not see reason why Israel screwed Serbs together with other Talumudists . Iran secret service Vevak had assassination attempts couple of them successful . All in all when they faced well trained Serbian units they loose battle 100 % . 1995 they committed lot of crimes against not well trained local units especially village Vozuca with ISIS type of executions even worse I have seen tapes . Even with all problem Iran caused in Bosnia I am still on Iranian side regarding geopolitics

    • 同意: Alfred
  52. Anon[160]• 免责声明 说:
    @utu

    The ancients (old world) had lentils did they not? Lentil (word that is) is from latin origin. Those lentil beans were known over large parts of the old world. What were lentils known as in those Asiatic languages?

  53. follyofwar 说:
    @Arthur MacBride

    阿里在复赛一分钟后用“幻影重拳”击倒了利斯顿,这与去年的总统大选一样虚假。 潜水不应该是那么明显。

    • 同意: Arthur MacBride
  54. 和平最糟糕的事情是奥斯曼帝国的瓦解。 他们让事情保持理智。

  55. gsjackson 说:
    @Trinity

    我认为桑尼的男子气概以及他的身体在 1964 年一落千丈,因此可以加冕对媒体更友好的冠军。

    • 回复: @Trinity
  56. Per/Norway 说:

    每次我读你的阿尔巴尼亚故事时,我都会更加确定我会订票,早点去那里。

  57. About the statue of the dead poets, the Wikimedia caption is ” A memorial dedicated in honor of two Albanian poets, Vilson Blloshmi and Genc Leka. They were executed by the communist government under Enver Hoxha regime, because they dared to write poetry that spoke about freedom and happiness of the people without shackles of dictatorship. They were in their early twenties at the time of their excecution. The memorial consists of 2 heads cast in bronze that depict a somewhat resemblance of the poets. It is displayed in the eastern entrance of the town of Librazhd, which is located in the south eastern region of Albania.”

    I too long for a ‘normal’ life – with my inherited Canadian citizenship I plan to return to a small town in my ancestral province of Nova Scotia. As a descendant of English-speaking settlers who violently displaced French speaking settlers and were very hard on the indigenous people who were there first, I do not escape history, but at least I will be a few hundred miles from the UnitedStatesian psychosis.

  58. Montefrío 说:
    @Linh Dinh

    Here’s a word you may know, but just in case: “Djakmara!” If someone yells that out, get under the table and watch what transpires, heh heh.

  59. Koserte 说:

    Wow, never would have thought that someone would see the beauty in a city like Librazhd. But I notice that you mostly mention the people when you have something nice to say, not the city itself.

    But I find some hope in Albania for the US as well. For the comeback of the US!
    Notice that Albania was ruled by the dirtiest and most stupid communists for decades, and yet the people didnt lose their humanity. Maybe the same could happen in the US when all this lunacy is over?

    • 回复: @Bossi
  60. R2b 说:
    @Linh Dinh

    Anyway, what beans or not.
    Your’e doing a tour, sembling what could be done, before.
    Now we ridiculous tangenitals follow you on the last tour.
    Even you have become, I’m searching for a popular, but not necessesarily post-modern term, but maybe it is: inauthentic.
    Am I spelling right!
    Your followers are wankers
    Just go out in the street.
    And stop f*****g debase the USA.
    It’s and great country!

  61. @Thor Walhovd

    I once thought about becoming a monk and I only charge \$95. All topics…..quantum physics to classic literature. My thoughts on….everything, in the link above. 🙂

  62. liamjq 说:

    The only Albanian word I ever heard of and subsequently never forgot was in the somewhat “cult” novel of the early 80s by John Fowles “The Magus” the headland that could be seen from the aforementioned Magus’ demesne was called “Mutsa from the Albanian for snout”(according to the narrator) no idea if it’s true but it’s burned in my mind

    • 回复: @The Real World
  63. @Irish Savant

    I used to think that Albania was hell on earth.

    It likely still is compared to Western countries. Nominal GDP per capita is \$5847.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania
    Comparison – France is \$45,000; the USA is \$68,000.

    But, the country has a nice array of topography, from shorelines facing 3 different seas to mountainous alps. If we can ever travel freely and easily again, it might become the next Croatia.

    • 谢谢: Irish Savant
  64. Trinity 说:
    @gsjackson

    Lots of suspicions surrounding both bouts especially the second one. Of course there were a lot of questions regarding Liston’s age, some say he was much older than his listed age of 32, some even suspect Liston was nearly 40 years of age at the time of the Clay/Ali bouts. Liston was in great shape for the rematch only to have it postponed due to Ali’s hernia. That takes a lot out of a 40 something year old body.

    我认为第一场比赛是在水平上,而对于一个盲人来说,桑尼在复赛中猛烈地跳水是显而易见的。

  65. Gugwee 说:
    @Jeff Stryker

    The rural poor get into these drugs because they’re poor. They have nothing to do, no electronic or motorized toys to play with. They’re bored. They’re depressed because they have nothing and they live in shacks that aren’t fit for dogs. And you wonder why they want to escape from reality? I have family in eastern Kentucky. You have to understand, they are the descendants of dirt-poor English and Scotch-Irish peasants who settled in the mountains back in the early 18th century. These folks were isolated from the rest of the country for a long, long time. They made a living hunting and farming, and then those things went away. Then they made a living coal-mining, then coal went away. Rural areas are poor because there are just not enough people, resources or jobs to create wealth.

    • 回复: @Emslander
    , @Dumbo
  66. michael888 说:

    Interesting Linh Dinh brings up Walt Whitman the American poet.

    His statue (he was a state native poet) on the Rutgers (NJ) campus is being “contextualized”:

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/walt-whitman-statue-a-target-of-protests-to-be-removed-from-center-of-rutgers-camden-campus/

    Wasn’t Louis XVI contextualized?

  67. Dumbo 说:

    People can live normally everywhere, even in a poor African country. Even close to the Arctic like the eskimos. Even in Albania! I don’t find it surprising at all. Current Post-Modernity is the exception, a period which will likely end when oil or cheap energy ends one way or another. Good? Bad? I don’t know.

    • 回复: @RJ Macready
  68. @Linh Dinh

    The words you mention sound close to Polish:
    fasule – fasola
    mish – mięso

    Albania bordered the old Yugoslavia. It seems that in Albania Slavs invaded some old Neolithic culture.
    Moreover, one of the lost tribes of Israel could lost their way there, the idea which could be supported by the fact that they supposedly lost their way around Caucasus too (you know, on the way to Sambathon/Dniepr), where once lived some ‘Albanians’.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucasian_Albania
    The ubiquitous endings -e in shqip (Albanian own name) are similar to endings in Yiddish, e.g. Kroke (Cracow), Varshe (Warsaw), Vilne (Vilnius).
    Also the shqip tendency to skip vowels, at least in writing, reminds us about writing conventions of Semitic languages.

    When I was in Kosovo, I was mostly unable to distinguish Albanians from Serbs.

  69. @Another Polish Perspective

    In Kosovo, I went to the famous Serbian stronghold of Gracanica, at that time guarded by Portuguese troops, and they all looked like Albanians.

    Nevertheless, the tension was in air, unlike in other places in Kosovo. It is hard to be a lonely traveller there. People kept much more to themselves in Gracanica than in Pristina, though.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra%C4%8Danica,_Kosovo

  70. @Another Polish Perspective

    The highest order of the Kingdom of Spain is the Order of the Golden Fleece.
    The respective Golden Fleece was in Caucasus.
    There was also once Caucasian “Iberia”.
    So maybe there is more than we think in those wandering names…

  71. Antonio RIBAS????

    Did you mean RIVAS?

    I liked the quote and tried to look up Ribas….nada.

    Also, you’re a good writer….and…. seemingly enlightened to the fact that “with a dozen better looking ones right in this subway car. If the city is a vast buffet, and it is visually exhilarating, you’re one of its least items, just a pea, kernel of corn or macaroni, stuck to the hot plate.”

    Most guys looking for a “10” never stop to think that she is also. Most of us 5s and 6s aren’t on their radar. Oh, wait, I forgot – we’re all natives of Lake Woebegone and are ALL above average.

    Love your observations!

    • 回复: @awry
  72. @Fr. John

    I once read somewhere that they were actually the exiled Byzantine iconoclasts (which means they had nothing to do with Joachim de Fiore, who unlike the conservative iconoclasts, was a speculative/heretical – due to his “unwritten Gospel of Spirist” – millenialist). Since the majority of imperial iconoclasts came from the Abrahamic/Aramaic borderlands of Byzantium (formerly known as kingdoms of Kommagene and Osroene), and theologically you could describe them as “judaizing Christianity”, they could bring some Semitisms into Albanian language, which I postulate in my comment no. 71 above…

  73. niceland 说:

    Great one Linh, thanks!

  74. @Linh Dinh

    我对你 2000 年离开越南有点困惑。我清楚地记得有一次我告诉你我计划访问这个国家时,你让我在我到达后告诉你,以便我们可以喝老虎啤酒。 我记得,您还写过您的塑料回收业务或工作。 那个琳怎么了? 但到了我这个年纪,我的记忆力可能会很差。 我无法搭乘航班的原因是他们在马尼拉机场告诉我,所有美国护照持有人都需要签证才能前往越南。 没有它我就不能登机。

    • 回复: @Commentator Mike
  75. anon[333]• 免责声明 说:
    @oklahomafarmer

    谢谢你提醒我 Riverbend/Baghdad Burning.

    Think she is Iraqi. Family fled to Syria. Bombs followed.

    Zionized Amurderka loves killing fields.

    5个舞会

  76. Thim 说:

    Stuck in Albania, it could be worse. You are over the Covid I can tell, because your writing is back up to your excellent standard. And it is seriously not all bad. If you return to Vietnam surely your Mother in Law would resume her efforts to kill you.

  77. ilir 说:
    @Linh Dinh


    I am probably the only Albanian reader of your articles.
    It is funny but I was in Albania for 12 days in June. Came back on the 20th.
    I have been in the USA for over 20 years now but I still have family in Tirana, Elbasan and Lac.
    I am surprised that you are still there.
    Albania is a small country, I have seen almost every city and big towns, Librazhd and Peshkopi included. Good luck with your travel and Albanian language.
    Uroj te lexoj tregime te reja per Pogradecin dhe Korcen.

  78. @liamjq

    Well, when I consulted Google Translate it came up with this word for in Albanian: feçkë

    Perhaps I’ll make your day by introducing you to this. It’s very fun. https://translate.google.com/

  79. Tony 说:

    他一脸惊慌,问我要去哪里? 外国人不要来这里。

    看起来你不能接受提示。

  80. Dei 说:
    @Another Polish Perspective

    No need to guess since genetic results exist and show Albanians to be western Balkan origin with ancestry coming from ancient Anatolia like most Southern Europeans.

  81. @Justrambling

    我对你 2000 年离开越南有点困惑。

    我认为 LD 打字错误; 可能打算写2020年。虽然他也可能在2000年又一次离开了越南。

    • 回复: @Justrambling
  82. TheBoom 说:
    @Linh Dinh

    I have lived in Eastern Asia for 9 of the last 10 years. It is depressing the extent that Eastern Asians have bought into the Covid hoax. It truly is a new normal in this region because the rulers and populace seem to be devoted to no one ever dying from the flu again.

    Every eastern Asian I have met distrusts the local media. Unfortunately they just can’t comprehend the big lie. They can’t imagine that all their doctors, academics, health experts, media and government rulers could be spouting nonsense. To make matters worse, every university educated eastern Asian I have met believes that CNN and the NYT are trustworthy sources of real journalism because America has a free press.

    I am in Thailand now and the schools in my and adjoining Provence have been closed for months. Parents are begging the schools not to open because parents don’t want their kids to die from Covid

    • 谢谢: Alfred, RadicalCenter
  83. Blade 说:

    There is nothing cringe about someone thinking Albania would be better off as a part of Turkey. So would every other part of the former Ottoman Empire. Instead, Arabs made trillions from oil and wasted trillions for arms they cannot use. Balkans largely fell victim to Communism for decades. Multiple genocides and foreign invasions happened in the same geography. And Greeks became gays. All of this could be avoided if there was a union and all would be more prosperous, better educated, and more cultured.

    • 回复: @Dei
    , @Peter Akuleyev
  84. @follyofwar

    Follyofwar…Think it’s still more expensive in California than AZ, but I guess they charge those prices because they can.

    Olympics long ago lost their luster for me….and now an Olympics without fans ? Ridiculous.

    Now they’re just an over-produced TV spectacle.
    They hardly show anything live….it’s all pre-packaged for Prime Time.

    Been a life long basketball fan…can’t help it.

  85. Joe Paluka 说:
    @Arthur MacBride

    “My Grandfather, who was an RN boxer”

    Never heard of a Registered Nurse who did boxing on the side. Very rare bird indeed!

    • 回复: @Arthur MacBride
  86. Emslander 说:
    @Gugwee

    Rural areas are poor because there are just not enough people, resources or jobs to create wealth.

    Rural areas are not poor. They are not boring. You’ve obviously only visited rural areas on the pages of the NYT or streaking past on the Interstate. It’s the deluded urban pseudo-sophisticates who are poor.

  87. @Commentator Mike

    他一定有。 现在在刷新我的记忆之后,他甚至向我提供了他在 UR 的雅虎电子邮件地址,以便我可以与他联系。 那是大约 2 年前。 这一定是他不停地环游世界。 不过,我不会错过他为世界撰写的游记。

  88. Dumbo 说:
    @Gugwee

    The rural poor get into these drugs because they’re poor. They have nothing to do, no electronic or motorized toys to play with. They’re bored.

    I don’t think that’s the reason. People lived well enough without electronics or motorized toys, with no need for drugs. Also lots of rich, urban people do drugs. More than rural people.

    It’s really more about existential despair, and lack of community or any kind of more rewarding life with no transcendental meaning.

    Except for alcohol, because of its social uses, I never got the appeal of other types of drugs, especially things like cocaine, heroine or meth, but even marihuana. It’s destroying your body, soul and mind for a fleeting sensation. But then again, isn’t that what most people do, one way or another?

  89. Dei 说:
    @Blade

    Part of the reason why Albania is shit today is because of the ottomans. Albania was a backwater of the empire and many Albanians back then migrated out and mingled with numerous populations in the rest of the empire while becoming top dog in certain fields. 10% of Turks today have some Albanian blood because of this. But really Albania would be better off if it had won their war against the ottomans. In fact they did and had a 10 year truce but the treacherous papacy (one of the most evilest organizations on earth but only second to international jewry) convinced the Albanian hero skanderbeg to join in a entire European Crusade against the Turks which would have included almost every European nation. That never happened and Albanians were screwed from then on.

    I agree that arabs should be ruled by Turks as arabs don’t have the capacity to rule anymore as they have mongrelized with their negroe slaves. That explains why from 900 AD – 1920 AD all Arab nations were ruled by foreign people such as the Turkic people, circassians, iranians, and in the case of Muslim Spain, actual blacks, berbers and actual Spanish muslims.

  90. @TheBoom

    The question arises … are there any personality differences in an oriental person? I have also noticed that even Easterners in the West have strangely paranoid germophobic attitudes. Again, our word “hikikomori” comes from an oriental language, and I noticed a tendency towards isolation of the Orientals even before 2020.

    • 回复: @TheBoom
  91. @Emslander

    Who is the poor man? Someone who spends all their time buying expensive mind-destroying gadgets, or someone from a narrow circle of relatives and friends who does not have the money to buy? We see the same pattern in entertainment devices as in degenerative substances: a rich person unworthy of wealth falls into vice. Unsurprisingly, the ascent of the masses to undeserved wealth gave them a very low-key despair.

    Rural areas don’t owe their despair to a lack of unhealthy recreation. They owe their despair to the subtle and pernicious erosion of their autarky, as well as to the betrayal of the authorities who introduced demonic drugs and other homosexual novelties. Initially, the Appalachians became too dependent on coal and lost their self-sufficiency.

    Boonies are happy as they resist gay evolution. See also Bhutan.

  92. @The Real World

    I don’t think “hell on earth” is a GDP is not enough per capita to buy an Xbox. Here are the right questions to ask yourself:

    How easy is it for most people to get the right amount of food?

    Do they get along well?

    Are they free from vice?

    What is the prevalence of disease and is childhood usually survived?

    If hell is full of unrepentant sins and vices, then the gay West is pretty hellish.

    • 回复: @The Real World
  93. @Blade

    And Greeks became gays.

    That is a stereotype from ancient Greece. In the modern world the odds of an average English, American or German being gay strike me as significantly higher.

    • 回复: @Blade
  94. @Emslander

    Rural areas are not poor. They are not boring

    No, but these days the population in many American rural areas consists to a large extent of lower IQ, poorly educated individuals who are unable to entertain themselves or provide for themselves. For over 150 years industrialization and urbanization has been stripping rural areas of the more intelligent ambitious people creating a dysgenic cycle of rural poverty and dysfunction.

    The urban pseudo-sophisticates who are most contemptuous of “rural” areas tend to be the people who left rural areas to go to college and never came back. So there is certainly some bias at work as well.

  95. awry 说:
    @Hardrock

    There was a painter named Antoni (Antonio) Ribas Prats, a Mallorcan landscape painter, and there was Antonio Rivas. Both are relatively obscure painters, but Rivas’ works are much more valued monetarily so probably Linh misspelled the name (Rivas and Ribas are pronounced exactly the same in Spanish AFAIK).

    • 回复: @Hardrock
  96. @anon

    True, no knee tremblers in a dark alley with a wench you fancy, Albania is famous for blood feuds that go on for generations.

  97. @thou/thee/thine pronouns

    Ask 10 people to define “hell on earth” and you’d likely get at least seven different definitions. All of them would be correct because it is a matter of opinion, not fact.

    Xboxes are irrelevant to the discussion but, GDP per capita is indicative of plenty.

    I live in the USA and here are my answers:

    How easy is it for most people to get the right amount of food? Very easy and those with low incomes can often get it for free from a variety of sources.

    Do they get along well? If people consume minimal amounts of corrupt media and avoid negative people, it is not very difficult.

    Are they free from vice? Some moderate partaking of vices is part of life and often fun. People are free to choose what, how much or not at all.

    What is the prevalence of disease and is childhood usually survived? Disease is also part of life and plenty of options abound in this country for avoiding it, managing it or curing it.

  98. @Trinity

    I believe that God gives everyone (after all, He created each one of us and gave us a name) one final chance to recognise Him as I am who am, and to admit that He it is who must be obeyed and not one’s own thieving heart.
    If Hitler made this choice then he is certainly in heaven.

    Apart from all that though, I do wish that someone would ask the prestidigitator in Rome, he who is happy to speculate that Judas is in heaven, about precisely this: “If Judas, then surely Hitler to0?

    He would melt before our rejoicing eyes, like the Wicked Witch of the West that he is.

    • 谢谢: profnasty
  99. Blade 说:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    https://rainbow-europe.org/country-ranking

    They are up there in the top ten if you exclude tiny countryettes like Malta. Then compare it to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Too bad Greeks chose to be gays instead of being imperials.

  100. TheBoom 说:
    @thou/thee/thine pronouns

    There are some personality differences in Asians from Westerners and, especially, Africans that could impact Covid mania.

    Asians outside of the Philippines, for the most part have shame rather than guilt based (Christian) cultures. They tend to be far more group rather than individually oriented. In some ways this helps preserve their societies against the onslaught of the Jewish led Globohomo. However, the group conformity probably makes it easier to get them to conform to nonsensical Covid rules especially the ones about masks. Most Westerners would traditionally never wear a mask to protect others when they have a cold (especially the ones who are cluefull enough to know that they don’t work) but you see or a lot of people in Chinese areas of Asia wearing masks in normal times if they are sick or the pollution is high.

    • 同意: Alfred
  101. @Irish Savant

    Your desire will remain unsatisfied since post-modernists don’t write blank verse and wouldn’t know it if they heard it anyways.

  102. @Linh Dinh

    There’s an Italian joke that the Albanians have the patience to wait for them build their roads — first Caesar Augustus, then, later, Mussolini.

  103. America used to drive her poets to suicide — Vachel Lindsay, Hart Crane, Weldon Kees — or into exile — H.D., T.S. Eliot — or first into exile and then dragged back and imprisoned in a madhouse — Ezra Pound. Now, thanks to the front foundation funding and academic bureaucratic machinations of the same old usual suspects, America has instead whole kennels crammed with College Writing Program AWP-MFA-POBIZ adjunct professors — their soi disant poetry confined to belletristics, coterie jargons and pseudo-intellectual gangster cant and chained to a Sisyphean treadmill rag-trade fashion cycle — their audience limited (by terminal boredom) to fellow professionals (and scarcely that), their subjects restricted to the private personal domestic inconsequential currently fashionable innocuous uncomprehending incomprehensible for the moment permissible bland blank: Professionally trained Poodle Poets paraded on leashes by their Pimp Masters, muzzled, gelded, with perfect hair.

    • 哈哈: gar manarnar
    • 回复: @ricpic
  104. @Dumbo

    我经常思考这个小飞象。 你的意思是技术应该受到指责吗? 我到处都写过这个……我认为美国和世界的所有混乱都应该归咎于互联网。 即时新闻、社交媒体……每个人都沉迷于精神错乱,等待喜欢,或等待与无形的在线敌人战斗。

    90 年代我和父亲一起环游世界,我记得当时在美国,白人和我一起拍照,因为我是异国情调的人。 一切都显得友好而美好。 啊啊回忆。

    我告诉你……每个人都说我疯了,但硅谷的书呆子对和平与幸福的威胁和威胁与任何恐怖组织一样大。

  105. @Dei

    Commagene and Osroene were in South Anatolia/Syria, and close to Göbeklitepe, the most famous Turkish Neolithic site.

    Nevertheless, the popular paternal haplotype in Albania, E, would point to Somalia/Horn of Africa as the place of origins of Albanians. Another is J2 which is associated with Lebanon and Phoenicians.
    Well, Somalians and the Lebanese are very clannish: Albanians too share this proclivity, probably helping them to their fame as ‘mafia’.

    Anyway, they seem to be pre-Indoeuropeans.

  106. @awry

    Any idea where the Norman Lewis quote came from? Did he write a book?

  107. Jim Smith 说:

    Linh, your writing always makes me want to send more money to you. To reward you. To help you out. Why do you do that to me? What did I ever do to you?

  108. ricpic 说:

    All boredom boils down to not having found the one thing you MUST do and then doing it. Which is to say artists are the least bored people of all…and even they don’t escape some boredom. Why everyone doesn’t become an artist escapes me.

    • 回复: @Commentator Mike
  109. ricpic 说:
    @J. Alfred Powell

    It is utter nonsense that America is uniquely hard on its poets. Name a country where poets mean something to more than one or two percent of the population, if that. Yes, they are lauded, they are officially honored. But 打印车票? No. Read as if they matter? By almost none. And that’s everywhere, not just in America.

    And if you name Russia….poets only meant something there under intolerable conditions, in soul squeezing circumstances when the tiny fraction who need poetry expands. Temporarily.

    • 回复: @J. Alfred Powell
  110. republic 说:

    Albania seems to be an ok place according to LD,but outside Albania,lots of Albanian criminals,for example in Greece where about 5% of the population are from Albania,over 30% of the prisoners are Albanian!

  111. @ricpic

    My comment makes no such claim (“uniquely hard”) and draws no comparisons with other cultures. Besides poor reading comprehension, yours displays ignorance on both scores. And a fixation with Ruskis, too. Three strikes. See ya.

    • 回复: @ricpic
  112. ricpic 说:
    @J. Alfred Powell

    Really got to you to elicit that answer. Bye.

  113. @ricpic

    Why everyone doesn’t become an artist escapes me.

    First one needs some talent. Then one needs to earn a living which restricts time. Many would also want the satisfaction to be recognised and earn something from their art. Talentless celebrities who turn to art seem to be able to earn recognition and money out of it even though they don’t need them.

  114. Gugwee 说:
    @Emslander

    Did you not read the part where I said I have family in eastern KY? I’ve been there. I’ve been to other poor, rural areas also. I don’t read the NYT. Not every person in rural America is poor, but a lot are. There are no industries or large employers in a lot of rural areas. Cost of living is cheap because few people want to live there. So yes, there is poverty in these areas, and poverty usually leads to social ills like drugs.

  115. Bossi 说:
    @Koserte

    Communists were the saviors of Albania while the American imperialists pigs teied to destroy it

  116. Bossi 说:

    Albanians are becoming bery enfriendly toward foreigners because they are the most suffered nation in the World from wars, invasions, killings. Albania is a small country and cant accept many people. They are consudering foreigners as invaders

  117. 500 channels or endless porn

    ONE damn letter. Blows the spell away entirely. Maybe it’s me.

  118. @Ping Pong

    Linh might know more about Vietnam but I do know more about Mother Theresa. She was a stupid woman who went to India to save souls for Jesus.
    When asked why she did it, she replied it was for Jesus; not compassion for the dying and the destitute.
    Basically, the stupid woman did it to go to heaven while feeding her ego as well.

    • 回复: @Commentator Mike
  119. @Rev. Spooner

    Maybe there was something more sordid at play with Mother Theresa, such as child trafficking.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/17/629681931/late-mother-teresas-order-investigated-for-child-trafficking-in-india

    or the money laundering of swindled money through donations to her foundation by financial criminal Charles Keating:

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4331469/mother-teresa-bharat-ratna-missionaries-of-charity-trafficking/

  120. klcard 说:
    @Linh Dinh

    Yes, I was evicted from Vung Tau last April, 2021…so hunkering down in KL waiting for the craziness to subside. Yes travel is like a bad trip – I would never imagine such scenes in the airports as you can see now.

  121. @Thor Walhovd

    Portland is a sad and emblematic case. As a Reed student 60 years ago we called it “the biggest cow town in the country.” It was rustic, country. The taverns along Woodstock Avenue were filled with working people. Reed was a weird and foreign entity, filled with big-city types like Faye Stendler who would later gain fame as a victim of one of the black murderers she got sprung so they could commit more mayhem.

    Linh’s writing about normalcy is exquisite. Danang was normal when I lived there as a civilian during the war. Nicaragua building houses with Habitat. And now, Ukraine. What did they have in common? A sense of themselves and a lack of diversity. Real and meaningful jobs. Children grow up knowing who they were, and every member of society had an interest in everybody else’s kids. Diversity is divisity. It splits the society apart.

    • 同意: Alfred, AceDeuce
  122. AceDeuce 说:
    @Trinity

    Liston is one of very few modern Americans of whom both their dates of birth and dates of death are unknown–quite a feat.

    Liston had 24 siblings (half and full).

  123. Uzbek food is actually quite excellent, so I wouldn’t mention it in the same breath with Congolese.

  124. Every few weeks when Linh Dinh doesn’t submit a new article, I start thinking that he’s bought it. I imagine him being carried belly up from some poor dive on a stretcher and given an anonymous municipal disposal.
    But then I weigh this against us poor mortals versus the Vietnamese. And I feel sure that he will rise again and enlighten us with some more truths.

  125. Dumbo 说:

    So, Linh Dinh is supposedly now in South Africa? How does he manage to travel so much in the Covid era, I wonder. Did he get a “vaccine passport”?

  126. @Irish Savant

    Powell is right. You clearly don’t know your poetry terms, Mr Irish, as blank verse is actually a formal verse line dating back to Shakespeare and beyond. I think you meant to write “free verse,” but even among its earliest, late 19th-century French practitioners, 自由 was employed quite skilfully to highly musical effect. Your gripe, I suspect, is with all the contemporary fake poets who simply write in prose and break it up into little columns to look like poetry. Most of the time there is nothing musical whatsoever about their contributions. (Luckily hardly anyone reads them.) There’s a huge difference between that sort of flat language and a successful free-verse poem.

    Learn the distinctions, if you really care. There are still a few good poets out there, but not many. Maybe 0.1% of those claiming to be poets.

  127. Schuetze 说:

    “The Albanian testimony: the Nazis were the first to return their national borders, ethnicity and the right to have their own flag on their own buildings. The old man tells how a German with two Albanians entered an Albanian school, and when he saw the Serbian flag, the German threw it and set the Albanian one on its place. And this was the first Albanian flag at the Albanian school.”

    For many people, such as the people of Croatia, Albania, Ukraine, Germans were the first ones who helped them regain their national identity after decades of foreign influence, and until now the Baltic and Eastern European countries are very grateful to Germans for the contribution they made in their independence at the cost of their own defeat. Small nations live in a constant struggle to preserve their identity and in constant danger of losing it, so they learned to appreciate it. Now the entire White Race is in the situation of a small nation, and the propagandists of the “Slavic holyhoax” in Russia do not worry too much about our White Slavic minority.

  128. Schuetze 说:

    From the same web site:

    [更多]

    Albania’s Nightmare of Communism
    “The Communist regime ruled this tiny nation of around three million souls. From 1946 to 1991. During this time over a hundred thousand innocents where systematically murdered, starved to death and worked to death in labours camps under the regime. Around a third of the population was passed thought the brutal slave labour system during the life of the Communist regime. One prisoner who survived the Albania Gulag system wrote the prisoners would state as dark humor, the Cosmonauts could probably see the prison camps from outer space they were so expansive. Many never made it that far, instead dying under the extreme torcher of the state. It was hinted by some who survived the gulags, those were the lucky ones.

    The boarders of Albania where ringed by armed guards and high electric fences to keep the people in. Thousands of people died trying to escape the cruelty and brutality of life under the Communist Regime. A whole nation turned into one Orwellian prison.”

    The nature of the Regime:

    “Certain clauses in the 1976 constitution effectively circumscribed the exercise of political liberties that the government interpreted as contrary to the established order. In addition, the government denied the population access to information other than that disseminated by the government-controlled media. Internally, the Sigurimi followed the repressive methods of the NKVD, MGB, KGB, and the East German Stasi. At one point, every third Albanian had either been incarcerated in labour camps.”

    The article goes into detail about Bedri Blloshmi:

    审讯

    Bedri Blloshmi, brother of the executed anti-Communist poet Vilson Blloshmi, recounts how he communicated with his brother by tapping a finger on the wall of a Librazhdi interrogation cell. Vilson told him that Kadri Azbiu himself, the Communist Minister of Internal Affairs, had grilled him in the interrogation cell in Tirana, the capital. After three months of cruel torture, Vilson’s left arm was paralyzed. During the night, plainclothes security officers kept him awake. With shackles cutting into his wrists, they forced him to stand on one foot, leaning against the wall. When he collapsed on the cold concrete floor from exhaustion, they raised him back on his foot, and persisted in asking the same question: “Will you accept the proposal of the minister to collaborate with the Albanian secret agents overseas?” Vilson said no; they started the brutal interrogation all over again.

    审判

    On June 7, 1977, outside the Librazhdi movie theatre, a horde of Communists kept screaming at the top of their voices, “Hang the reactionaries! Hang the reactionaries!” Inside, many police officers and numerous individuals carefully selected by State Security operatives applauded the unfamiliar faces that stepped in front of the head judge, Subi Sulçe, to read the false accusations prepared in the State Security offices. Isa Kopaçi, from the People’s Army and Todi Bardhi, chairman of the Agricultural Cooperative, read the false charges. The trial went on for six days. In all the proceedings, the judge held up expertise in the form of a written statement crafted by Diana Çuli, Koçi Petriti, and Myzafer Xhaxhiu and screamed: “This will put you to death!” On June 13, 1977, Vilson Blloshmi and Genc Leka were sentenced to death by firing squad. Bedri Blloshmi was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

    On January 1, 1977, in Librazhdi, I, the interrogator of Interior Ministry, Lulo Ymeri, after studying the material about the criminal case number 56, realized that the defendant, Vilson Blloshmi, has written a poem entitled ‘Sahara.’ In order to determine the content of the poem, I decided to ask expert Koçi Petriti, literature teacher at Librazhdi High School, to get to the bottom of the following question: What is the real meaning of the poem, ‘Sahara?’ To answer my question, the poem ‘Sahara’ was made available to him.”

    撒哈拉

    Sahara, away is Sahara far,
    Sahara of rocks, stones and sand
    Only her name befriended by
    Having no vision, has no plants.

    Sahara has no dreams in mind.
    Only stones grind inside her head…
    Sahara can’t even a song find,
    No tears to weep for all her dead.

    Sahara in world has no friends,
    Sahara has no children to fret
    Sahara is a piece of land,
    Quarrels all night, the news has spread.

    Night in Sahara hates to fall,
    It can’t stand its stony mat;
    There is no love, or chat, or soul;
    Her black veil has nothing to wrap.

    No one knows why earth was swayed
    This injury on its back to hold,
    On purpose created was, they state
    To make it a curse to nations all.

    When of her, he awfully speaks;
    Sahara eavesdrops and snorts;
    Sahara feels being so pleased
    When among us we curses drop.

    And when sunbeam timidly lies
    On mossless stones reflecting bright;
    Like a veil looks shrouded sky,
    To desert lightning with burning light.

    Therefore when deep and fiery hatred
    Blasting, abusing, someone befalls,
    Looms memory intoxicated
    For help Sahara promptly it calls.

    When evil curse its rage exhausts,
    Away in time memory fades…
    When rising sun thaws piercing frost
    Forlorn wasteland feels desolate.

    — Vilson Blloshmi

    Execution and Tribute

    At midnight of July 17, 1977, two anti-Communist poets, Genc Leka and Vilson Blloshmi, were executed by firing squad. Tied in shackles, a few kilometers away from Librazhdi in the area called Absconder’s Creek on the side of a shallow hole dug in haste, Communist terrorists fired bullets through the poets’ hearts, and covered the warm bodies with mud. They killed them because they wrote poems the Communist Party found objectionable. Their poems were classified by literature experts as reactionary, and the poets were considered enemies of the Party.

    Many “experts” love to portray Yugoslavia under Tito as some kind of socialist paradise. In truth, Yugoslavia was the worst kind of Communist nightmare for those who dared to resist. Tito was a monster just like all the other communist tyrants.

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