This image is a good example of how photographers have great eyes for an image that can tell a story. It has a pop art feel to it because of the repeaThis image is a good example of how photographers have great eyes for an image that can tell a story. It has a pop art feel to it because of the repeated imagery, like Andy Warhol's portrait of Chairman Mao. The other similarity is the iconography of the subject mater. Since it is a bust, it has that Roman classicism feel to it. It's interesting that I find capitalism in the way the art is presented. Warhol's pop method elevated our taste for consumerism and fame. He put it on the same level of art. It is a new art form. I find the language of western image making in the way I see the work. I like how each sucessive image is reveal and how the yellowing news paper wrapped around the bust second bust which is older then the newer newspaper wrapings of the first bust, seem to convey the passage of time and also to herald in the news of the day, the change of regime and the impact that it will have on the land. I do remember the requirement to have a picture of Ho Chi Ming on the wall of every house hold. This idea was borrowed from Chairman Mao. In the essay, Mitch mention how much change he saw on the subsequent trips Vietnam. These pictures were made over a long period of time during the 1990s. It is my favorite image of the whole book. ...more
The first story of the book. Father comes to visit son at creative writing school. Son gets ideas from friends to exploit the Vietnam experience from FaThe first story of the book. Father comes to visit son at creative writing school. Son gets ideas from friends to exploit the Vietnam experience from Father. Father tell son about story then later burns it after it is written. It is never shown or published. Seems to be a commentary there....more
This book takes me back to the Mekong Delta more then once though I've been through the Mekong probably once in my life. I did live near a river thatThis book takes me back to the Mekong Delta more then once though I've been through the Mekong probably once in my life. I did live near a river that flows into the Delta and into the sea. I visited my friend who's house projected over the river. It was an exotic house because it was so close to the river. The narrative and voice of this book is the river and it flows, everything flows to the heart or maybe away from it. The author lived it. It must be hard to write something so close. It is interesting that Dura mentions her face and how it has become what it is. Perhaps she was talking about innocence and experience both represented by the two lovers. It is a relationship that seems doomed from the start. This star crossed lover, like Romeo and Juliet, has to struggle with class, race, and age. In this way, it is stronger then Romeo and Juliet. It is also stronger because it is real and autobiographical....more
I've been listening to this book on tape but you can also read it. I feel very relaxed. This is not some new age thing. It is written by a Zen master.I've been listening to this book on tape but you can also read it. I feel very relaxed. This is not some new age thing. It is written by a Zen master. I like his methods and metaphors. One metaphor which have stuck with me is of a stone thrown into the body of water. It accepts and sinks to the bottom. This is the position for meditation. He discusses the Sutra in layman's terms. These ancient philosophy and methods illuminates. Another metaphor is of the breath. He describes each breath as a climb on the rope to get to the top. He talks about the concept of the five aggregates. This is Dharma. This book seems to touch up on a lot of smaller detail items that I've read in the life remix, life hacks, and life improvement tip blogs. When I eat, I slow down and respect the food, I'm mindful and thankful. When I write, I'm mindful and thankful for the paper, computer, and typewriter etc. Hand writing has now become a form of meditation. An example of mindfulness image which the author gives is when one breathes, focus as though it was the axis on which the planet rotated.
Speaking of Faith radio program and website has a conversation with Thich Nhat Hanh....more