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Just this month, Kevin Barrett wrote about our cultural breakdown through the prism of Dostoevsky’s Demons. Also at Unz, Mike Whitney began his article about the Covid vaccines with a quotation from Milton’s Paradise Lost, “Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell; And in the lowest deep a lower deep, Still threat’ning to devour me, opens wide, To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.”

These middle-aged gentlemen are a dying breed. With miseducation militantly pushed, there is no common heritage to ground any conversation, so forget Dostoevsky, Milton and all other greats.

A striking phrase, “myself am hell” evokes Swedenborg’s personal hells and heavens, as well as Sartre’s idiotic “L’enfer, c’est les autres.” Only a man in hell would think that’s witty. In Robert Lowell’s “Skunk Hour,” there’s this stanza:

A car radio bleats,
“Love, O careless Love. . . .” I hear
my ill-spirit sob in each blood cell,
as if my hand were at its throat. . . .
I myself am hell;
nobody’s here—

Since language is everything, a civilization that sneers at its own is already dead.

Thinking about this, I started to reread W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. An odd masterpiece, it’s neither a memoir, novel, travel book nor history, though it has elements of all those genres. Inspired by Thomas Browne’s Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or, a Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk, it is a meditation on mortality, personal and civilizational.

Thomas Browne is not exactly devoured on park benches and subway trains these days. In the late 18th century, Samuel Johnson could already see his flaws, “This poesy may be properly applied to the style of Browne: It is vigorous, but rugged; it is learned, but pedantick; it is deep, but obscure; it strikes, but does not please; it commands, but does not allure: his tropes are harsh, and his combinations uncouth. He fell into an age in which our language began to lose the stability which it had obtained in the time of Elizabeth; and was considered by every writer as a subject on which he might try his plastick skill, by moulding it according to his own fancy.”

Despite all this, Browne persists. At the end of Borges’ “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” he talks of tinkering with “an uncertain Quevedian translation (which I do not intend to publish) of Browne’s Urn Burial.”

The Rings of Saturn begins with Sebald in a state of collapse, “I was taken into hospital in Norwich in a state of almost total immobility. It was then that I began in my thoughts to write these pages. I can remember precisely how, upon being admitted to that room on the eighth floor, I became overwhelmed by the feeling that the Suffolk expanses I had walked the previous summer had now shrunk once and for all to a single, blind, insensate spot.”

Like Gregor Samsa, Sebald painfully dragged himself to his small window just to make sure the world was still there, only to find “the familiar city, extending from the hospital courtyards to the far horizon, an utterly alien place. I could not believe that anything might still be alive in that maze of buildings down there.” Such is illness.

In the rest of the 26-page chapter I, Sebald talks about the lives and deaths of his university of colleagues Michael Parkinson and Janine Dakyns, and the disinterment and display of Thomas Browne’s skull, which leads to a discussion of Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, with its desecration of Adriaan Adriaanszoon, a petty thief who has just been hanged.

Sebald, “The spectacle, presented before a paying public drawn from the upper classes, was no doubt a demonstration of the undaunted investigative zeal in the new sciences; but it also represented (though this surely would have been refuted) the archaic ritual of dismembering a corpse, of harrowing the flesh of the delinquent even beyond death, a procedure then still part of the ordained punishment. That the anatomy lesson in Amsterdam was about more than a thorough knowledge of the inner organs of the human body is suggested by Rembrandt’s representation of the ceremonial nature of the dissection – the surgeons are in their finest attire, and Dr Tulp is wearing a hat on his head – as well as by the fact that afterwards there was a formal, and in a sense symbolic, banquet.”

A German academic living in East Anglia, Sebald knew well the histories of all countries bordering the North Sea, and beyond, so throughout The Rings of Saturn, we get fascinating reflections on Belgium, the Netherlands and, of course, Sebald’s native Germany, although a certain reticence there is most telling.

Already wandering around, observant and attentive, Sebald struck up a conversation with a gardener in Somerleyton, “When he realized where I was from he told me that during his last years at school, and his subsequent apprenticeship, his thoughts constantly revolved around the bombing raids then being launched on Germany from the sixty-seven airfields that were established in East Anglia after 1940. People nowadays hardly have any idea of the scale of the operation, said Hazel. In the course of one thousand and nine days, the eighth airfleet alone used a billion gallons of fuel, dropped seven hundred and thirty-two thousand tons of bombs, and lost almost nine thousand aircraft and fifty thousand men. Every evening I watched the bomber squadrons heading out over Somerleyton, and night after night, before I went to sleep, I pictured in my mind’s eye the German cities going up in flames, the firestorms setting the heavens alight, and the survivors rooting about in the ruins.”

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When this gardener arrived in Germany as part of the army of occupation, he was curious to hear from locals what they had remembered of these horrific bombing raids, targeted specifically at civilians, “To my astonishment, however, I soon found the search for such accounts invariably proved fruitless. No one at the time seemed to have written about their experiences or afterwards recorded their memories. Even if you asked people directly, it was as if everything had been erased from their minds.”

When Sebald talks of his visit to Nuremberg, nothing is said of the infamous kangaroo trials, but only Saint Sebaldus, Sebald’s patron saint, “During the wedding night, the story goes, he was afflicted with a sense of profound unworthiness. Today, he is supposed to have said to his bride, our bodies are adorned, but tomorrow they will be food for worms.”

As losers, you’re not allowed to remember or speak, and this vindictive proscriptions are still in force today, incredibly, three quarters of a century later.

Even with the best intentions, however, nothing is ever adequately recorded. In Southwold, Sebald reflects on the Battle of Solebay in May 28th of 1672, Even celebrated painters such as Storck, van der Velde or de Loutherbourg, some of whose versions of the Battle of Sole Bay I studied closely in the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, fail to convey any true impression of how it must have been to be on board one of these ships, already overloaded with equipment and men, when burning masts and sails began to fall or cannonballs smashed into the appallingly overcrowded decks.”

Rather typically, Sebald wryly observes, “There were eye-witnesses who claimed to have seen the commander of the English fleet, the Earl of Sandwich, who weighed almost twenty-four stone, gesticulating on the afterdeck as the flames encircled him.” The twenty-four stone detail adds a touch of the ridiculous to this appalling scene.

We forget, misremember, clumsily misrepresent and often just lie, and what has taken centuries or millennia to build up, we’ve often erased in an instant.

Just south of Southwold is a disused railway bridge. Its train had been built for the Qianlong Emperor, but never delivered. In 1860, 4,000 British troops spent three days destroying his magnificent Summer Palace. Sebald, “The true reason why Yuan Ming Yuan was laid waste may well have been that this earthly paradise— which immediately annihilated any notion of the Chinese as an inferior and uncivilized race – was an irresistible provocation in the eyes of soldiers who, a world away from their homeland, knew nothing but the rule of force, privation, and the abnegation of their own desires.”

Although it’s an extended meditation on all sorts of death, The Rings of Saturn is an intensely alive book. Immersed in life, Sebald lived well and paid close attention to everything.

One of the most moving passages, to me, is his noticing of a solitary bird in acute distress, “However, on emerging into the open air again, I was saddened to see, in one of the otherwise deserted aviaries, a solitary Chinese quail, evidently in a state of dementia, running to and fro along the edge of the cage and shaking its head every time it was about to turn, as if it could not comprehend how it had got into this hopeless fix.”

Similarly, Sebald sees from his Amsterdam hotel, “Once, when lightning again flashed across the sky, I looked down into the hotel garden far below me, and there, in the broad ditch that runs between the garden and the park, in the shelter of an overhanging willow, I saw a solitary mallard, motionless on the garish green surface of the water. This image emerged from the darkness, for a fraction of a second, with such perfect clarity that I can still see every individual willow leaf, the myriad green scales of duckweed, the subtlest nuances in the fowl’s plumage, and even the pores in the lid closed over its eye.”

We’re all demented Chinese quails or solitary mallards, glimpsed in a flash.

Much more than usual, this article has been an psychic exertion, so I’m going to wrap it up now. I’ve been terribly sick, and for ten days, hardly ate. Weak, yet unable to sleep, I just curled up for days, with bizarre, pathetic thoughts to wear me down. Unable to eat, I somehow thought there was a being in my room that could help me to nibble some chocolate, to help me regain strength.

The construction noise outside my window I somehow interpreted as them building a “poet’s room.”

A desperate thirst for juices, which I had in the fridge, could only be slaked half a day later, since it was nearly impossible to reach them.

My mouth was constantly bitter. I was just gross. My mucus, dandruff, earwax and even smegma proliferate. If only I could just be hell.

At least I didn’t infect my landlady with whatever I had. Cheerfully, she knocked on my door one morning to deliver a package. For the next two days, I anxiously listened to hear if she, too, was coughing.

Heritage must be nurtured. Borges and Sebald built on Browne. Using his own language, Sebald sharpens Browne’s ideas, so that we have one of the finest passages in recent memory, “There is no antidote, he writes, against the opium of time. The winter sun shows how soon the light fades from the ash, how soon night enfolds us. Hour upon hour is added to the sum. Time itself grows old. Pyramids, arches and obelisks are melting pillars of snow. Not even those who have found a place amidst the heavenly constellations have perpetuated their names: Nimrod is lost in Orion, and Osiris in the Dog Star. Indeed, old families last not three oaks. To set one’s name to a work gives no one a title to be remembered, for who knows how many of the best of men have gone without a trace? The iniquity of oblivion blindly scatters her poppyseed and when wretchedness falls upon us one summer’s day like snow, all we wish for is to be forgotten.”

Truly remarkable, “Time itself grows old.” Browne himself could only come up with, “time that grows old in itself,” but that’s why we must nurture our collective heritage. We learn from and build on each other’s accomplishment. Otherwise, such a degraded life is scarcely worth living.

 
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  1. Long ago, a Byzantine Catholic priest told me,
    “People who commit suicide want to get out of life that is hell.”

    The priest hoped that I understood, “When you die, there’s either heaven or hell.”

    To date, I accomplished living with both emotional & physical pain.

    Appreciated this article, Linh, including the “psychic exertion.”

    • Replies: @KeltCindy
    , @Iris
  2. Alfa158 says:

    Wow.
    Thanks.
    And, I hope Linh is feeling better.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes, Iris, Alfred
  3. Rahan says:

    I hope you’re bouncing back, Mr. Dinh.
    Eat spicy tripe soups! They really get the Chi flowing again.
    And local market honey.

  4. “…a solitary Chinese quail, evidently in a state of dementia, running to and fro along the edge of the cage and shaking its head every time it was about to turn, as if it could not comprehend how it had got into this hopeless fix.”

    San Diego zoo, the leopard was doing the same thing in its pen, circling back and forth dozens of times, searching for a means of escape, stopping only to let out an anguished sound that I was surprised a leopard could even make. It was one of the saddest things I’d ever seen, and I live in NJ.

    Thanks Linh, stay safe.

  5. Excal says:

    Thank you for delivering us another excellent essay, under duress, and for introducing Sebald.

    I will pray that your health fully returns.

  6. Thank you, sir.
    Please get better and stay out of harm’s way.

    • Agree: moi
  7. Dumbo says:

    Where are you these days Mr. Dihn? Is everything all right?

  8. anon[712] • Disclaimer says:

    I hadn’t heard that Linh was in bad health but hope he recovers soon.

  9. unwoke says:

    “…as well as Sartre’s idiotic “L’enfer, c’est les autres.” Only a man in hell would think that’s witty”

    Witty or not, it comes closest to the truth. Better than witty, it’s pithy. It captures a whole sum of forces in one neat phrase. It’s really what Dostoevsky, Milton and all other greats tried to say using a lot more words. Fiendishly clever that.

    • Agree: Polistra
    • Replies: @Tony massey
    , @4justice
    , @Anon
  10. Jimma says:
    @Qui Coke 7

    ‘It was one of the saddest things I’d ever seen, and I live in NJ.’

    LOL!

  11. Biff says:

    I’m guessing you are most likely craving for the SE Asian delicacy of black chicken soup to set you right. Wish I could deliver. :^)

  12. About halfway through this piece, I suddenly realized that I’d forgotten who I was reading. When you’re sick, your voice often changes… and not only your speaking voice. Anyone can understand how being ill turns one’s thoughts toward mortality, but not everybody also becomes more erudite and academic — in the best possible sense of the words.

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  13. Sadly true and funny as hell.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  14. @unwoke

    Linh is the best. I always thought Oscar Wilde said, “hell is other people”.
    Gawd, i hope you are doing well, Linh.
    I do love you.
    Such an education.
    Thank you for your troubles. I hope this finds you well.

    One thing: if America goes down…the rest of the world follows. At least the shitters will still work. Not so sure about the rest of the world.

    Nothing says civilization like saying by-by to your turds..
    I’m adopting a more hopeful outlook. I do hope the world keeps spinning. None of us want to fight.

    • Agree: Rubicon
    • Replies: @Joe Paluka
    , @Icy Blast
  15. Thanks for the splendid essay. Will remember you in my prayers regarding your health.

  16. Polistra says:
    @Qui Coke 7

    It was one of the saddest things I’d ever seen

    Zoos are like that. Even sadder is the fact that in what’s left of the wild, animals have an even harder time. Yet me make billions more humans, for some reason or other.

    • Replies: @profnasty
  17. Polistra says:

    Thou hast made me, And shall thy worke decay?
    Repaire me now, for now mine end doth haste,
    I runne to death, and death meets me as fast,
    And all my pleasures are like yesterday;
    I dare not move my dimme eyes any way,
    Despaire behind, and death before doth cast
    Such terrour, and my feeble flesh doth waste
    By sinne in it, which it t’wards hell doth weigh;
    Onely thou art above, and when towards thee
    By thy leave I can looke, I rise againe;
    But our old subtle foe so tempteth me,
    That not one houre my selfe I can sustaine;
    Thy Grace may wing me to prevent his art,
    And thou like Adamant draw mine iron heart.

    –John Donne

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  18. In 1825, Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated one of his near-final works to giving spiritual thanks for recovery from major illness, the ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’, Beethoven String Quartet no. 15 in A minor, op. 132, 3rd movement … considered by some “one of the most profound pieces of music in Western history

    Hope Linh Dinh is already able to give thanks for recuperation to the ancient Vietnamese spirits

  19. So step onto the other side. There is no point. Get used to it . Make the best you can. There is not going to be another.

  20. Franz says:

    Bounce back quick, Linh. You’re the world’s best guide to a world that don’t add up anyway.

  21. 4justice says:
    @unwoke

    Fiendish, but not clever and not close to the truth. And not what the other greats were trying to say.

  22. Many thanks, Linh. One of your best, if you don’t mind me saying so.

  23. superb article linh.i don’t know where you are but get well soon and get back on the road.
    all the very best.pm

    • Agree: foolisholdman, Rubicon
  24. A stone is 14lb, by the way, for any Americans reading this. So the Earl of Sandwich weighed 336lb. Sounds as if he was fond of a sandwich or two as well. Maybe you really are what you eat.

    Why don’t Americans use stones by the way? You wouldn’t, after all, measure your commute to work in feet rather than miles.

    • Replies: @DrWatson
    , @grr
  25. Thank you for a thoughtful essay, Linh Dinh.

    Praying a speedy and complete recovery for you.

    • Agree: Iris
  26. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:

    This essay is a brilliantly odd and poignant masterpiece!

    Thanks to Linh Dinh, and of course a tip of the hat to the incomparable Sebald.

  27. Dumbo says:
    @Priss Factor

    Funny and sad but he was a 66 year old Paki. RIP.

    I guess new immigrants are not aware that the US is no longer what it was in the 1950s or what Hollywood shows… Immigration propaganda needs to be updated…

    The main victims now of black dysfunction are probably new immigrants (Asians, Viets, Pakis, etc) that have to work low-paid jobs in unsafe (i.e. black) zones.

    Or they are killed by other migrants, like that sick illegal Mexican fucker who killed an old lady and her dog. “White Supremacy” was actually safer for immigrants… Even if you’re black as coal, you’re probably safer with the KKK or neonazis than with black criminals… LOL.

    • Replies: @ivan
  28. Dumbo says:

    Get well soon, Linh. But what’s the disease? Covid? Did you get the vaccine?

    I have to check on that W. G. Sebald guy, seems interesting.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  29. @4justice

    Fiendish, but not clever and not close to the truth. And not what the other greats were trying to say.

    Agreed. And well said.

    If @unwoke appreciates pithy, it is Chesterton’s winning essay to the question “What’s wrong with the world?”

    I am

    • Replies: @Anon
  30. @Sollipsist

    I had the same experience as I read it, especially initially.

    It felt much more like I was reading a piece by Pepe Escobar, and I began to defensively slip into ‘Escobar-mode’, which is a much different place than my normal “Linh Dinh-mode”. I had to force myself to recall it was Linh Dinh on more than one occasion.

    Yes, illness and long-term pain definitely change our minds, personality and manner of expression by depleting and unbalancing critical reserves of crucial nutrients and bodily energy. Let’s hope Linh tanks up on tons of good food and supplements and gets everything he needs for a full recovery quickly.

    • Agree: Sollipsist, Rubicon
  31. TKK says:

    The same bunch that doesn’t believe people get sick and die with COVID give Linh mawkish “thoughts and prayers”
    when he publishes an article bemoaning illness that sounds exactly like COVID symptoms.

    Ha!

    • Replies: @John Fisher
    , @Johan
  32. anon[215] • Disclaimer says:

    Salaam, Mr. Dinh. A profound piece of writing. I dare say your best yet. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Be well and God be with you.

  33. republic says:

    Did the 8th airforce lose 50,000 men over Germany in WW II?

    • Replies: @profnasty
    , @JRB
  34. Try this traditional remedy:

    1-Smash 3 gloves of garlic + one thin slice of fresh ginger+ a half coffee spoon of salt (sea salt is best, but any would do).. then leave this aside for 10 minutes.
    Note: smashed Garlic is the main medicine… So if you cannot find other ingredients, that’s ok.

    2-Cook (boil) a small cup of congee- or any liquid food (any thin soup) will do..,
    3-Wait for the congee (soup) to cool down around 40-50 C..
    4-Add the smashed salt-garlic-ginger into the congee (with some black pepper if available)
    5-Stir it well and eat it as fast as you can while it’s still warm
    Lay down and rest…if you sweat, it’s good sign.
    You will feel better after an hour…
    You need to repeat the same for the next 2 days especially before going to bed (your body is weak at night, so it does need help to fight the bacteria/virus)

    All the best.

  35. Dumbo says: • Website
    @4justice

    Actually, it’s exactly the opposite of what the others are saying.
    But Sartre was likely a narcissist, so it makes sense for him.

    I like also Italo Calvino’s take, although it’s not ‘pithy’:

    “Hell for the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the Hell where we live every day, that we create by being together. There are two ways to escape its torments. The first is the easiest for most: accept Hell and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and attention: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of Hell, is not Hell, and make it endure, and give it space to grow.”

  36. Most millennials I keep in touch with are quite familiar with Milton, given he’s still in the AP curriculum. My high school was a Jesuit boarding school, so the level of achievement was admittedly higher.

    That said, I don’t know why you’d want a boomer dead womb-er who’s never critically thought in her life teach the Western canon to a bunch of mulattoes, Hispanics, and poor whites. That’s what most public schools are.Total waste of time. If their parents didn’t attend college, they will never appreciate literature.

    If the population was better read, they wouldn’t have voted for Trump.

  37. @4justice

    The other greats saw that other people are often hell, but sometimes paradise. Consider Dostoevsky’s Christian endings in Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment, or his Siberian gulag prisoners celebrating Christmas in House of the Dead. Or the Qur’an’s paradise: endless enjoyment with the most beautiful company, including beloved family members, in the most beautiful surroundings. Sartre’s amphetamine-fueled atheism constricted his vision.

    Get well, Linh!

    • Agree: Biff, Jimma
  38. profnasty says:

    On a lighter note; a prostitute will soon become America’s 47th President. Of syphilis we can all die, laughing.

    • LOL: John Fisher
    • Replies: @Truth
  39. profnasty says:
    @Polistra

    China, for instance.
    Any country of a billion people that says it’s favorite sport is ping-pong, would lie about other things too.

    • Troll: Mulga Mumblebrain
  40. @Dumbo

    Concerned about Covid, Dumbo asked L.D.:
    “Did you get the vaccine?”

    Like Kevin Barrett and Ron Unz, am concerned that Covid was man-made, possibly in Wuhan lab.

    There’s evidence that “heroic” ZUS military personnel were in Wuhan to participate in athletic games. Maybe some talented, but extremely less heroic, noble.

    The Trump administration, infuriated by the Chinese government’s resilience to Mnuchin sanctions, 👹was not above releasing a virus to serve their wicked foreign policy goals, including Iran regime change.

    (Note: During Covid beginning, Linh Dinh was stranded, locked down in S. Korea. Like everybody, he was concerned about dying from the hellish disease)

    Come New Year 2021, Covid vaccines became available in Anerica; cost covered by the ZUS’s bottomless treasury. People rejoiced, and today, few care about how Covid started.

    Nonetheless, there’s lurking fear about proliferation of coronovirus variants. An example, Brazil. On Blogspot, & while recovering in Albania, Linh Dinh explained how his illness was not Covid. At first, am suspicious, perhaps paranoid, and I was afraid about his being deliberately poisoned.

    Getting back to Dumbo’s reasoned question, “Did you the vaccine shot?” 🤔 I don’t think so, and like me, along with inhabitants of Cairo’s City of the Dead, I doubt he ever will.

    Thank you, Dumbo.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Dumbo
  41. @Qui Coke 7

    The older I get, the more I intensely hate zoos. They should be considered what they are–A left over form of mans own ego worship.

    • Agree: Biff
    • Replies: @Liza
    , @JRB
    , @ivan
  42. HT says:

    People who were raised in a civilized culture just want to return to that. Unfortunately it isn’t going to happen or at least not naturally. Civilized people need to move into survival mode including moving into extreme violence mode as needed to protect themselves and their loved ones from the savagery of living in a Negro controlled culture. You can no longer live in the past when we had a white Western culture that was advancing humanity. Last year should have taught everyone that.

  43. Convoy says:

    You would Make America Great Again!
    But Nope, MAGA was never the real concept, just cheap fake bait.

    ~~~

  44. @TKK

    The same bunch that doesn’t believe people get sick and die with COVID give Linh mawkish “thoughts and prayers”
    when he publishes an article bemoaning illness that sounds exactly like COVID symptoms.

    Ha!

    Interesting use of the word “mawkish.” It’s a good word that should not be misused.

    In any case, I am not aware of anyone who “doesn’t believe people get sick and die from COVID” who also doesn’t believe that people get sick and die of diseases caused by things that can kill us (e.g., toxins in the air, water and food that injure us all).

    External pathogens make people sick (even those people who avoid the most direct way to get toxins into your blood, tissues, and organs, which by injection).

    So your attempt at being witty has failed.

    Ha!

    Here’s to thoughts and prayers for our brother, Linh!

  45. Anon[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @unwoke

    “It’s really what Dostoevsky, Milton and all other greats tried to say using a lot more words.“

    Even shorter: sin clouds the mind.

    Sartre was bitter, not wise.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  46. Anon[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Fisher

    Bravo, thank you. Tis Easter week, after all.

  47. Gapeseed says:

    Your writing is an inspiration, Linh. Get well soon.

  48. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @ChuckOrloski

    Yo Chuck,

    I never got diagnosed, so do not know what I have. It may or may not be Covid.

    A sincere thanks to everyone for their good wishes. I’m getting better.

    I just got this message, however:

    Greeting
    Mar 28 at 3:39 PM
    ashlegal (null) [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    Jew haters commonly suffer a gruesome death. Let’s hope and pray you will.

    Pray away to your lovely Yahweh, my friend…

    Linh

    • Replies: @MGB
    , @Oscar Peterson
  49. Ah yes Mr Dinh, and through it all, time marches on

  50. DrWatson says:
    @Know Your Enemy

    Brits and Americans could agree only on the use of the pint 🙂

    • Thanks: Know Your Enemy
    • Replies: @orionyx
  51. @Anon

    Sartre was a mediocre author and a nasty traitor. Like most French intellectuals, he went on publishing during the Vichy government. Then when “Liberation” came, began to rat out his colleagues for “collaborating.”

    A celebrated public figure in Postwar Paris, Sartre had essentially become an actor in a tragicomic play called “Existentialist philosophy.” Some of the most famous of his works were in fact written by his clever companion, Simone de Beauvoir.

    Until his death, Sartre was overshadowed by people like Alain Robbe-Grillet, Samuel Beckett and Raymond Queneau, but most of all by Albert Camus, and also by André Gide.

    It would seem Sartre is unjustly regarded as great. Since he was not stupid, he must have realized karma was biting him in the behind, and that is why he was bitter.

    His prewar novel La nausée is quite good though.

    • Replies: @Anon
  52. Liza says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    CAFOs are no better, and maybe worse, for animals. (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)

  53. Sebald is boring.

    It sucks when you don’t believe in the virus and then you get it.

    • Replies: @Herzog
  54. @Polistra

    Thanking you kindly for reminding us of our death and end times., we should think of it occasionally. It’s a wonderful tonic for waking up in this world.

  55. JRB says:
    @republic

    Number is more or less correct. In the Netherlands alone around 5000 planes were shot down during WWII

  56. JRB says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    Still, the new form of zoo’s, where animals have enough room, will play a key role in preventing many species of large animals from becoming extinct in the coming 100 years.

    • Disagree: Biff
    • Replies: @N30rebel
  57. @Qui Coke 7

    I’ve seen that leopard. Its paws wore tracks in the dirt of the cage. Horrible.

    Zoos are getting better at treating animals; customized environments are replacing cages. Small hopes outweigh none.

  58. Dumbo says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Well, I asked if he got the vaccine because I know of some people who got sick of COVID *after* the vaccine (first dose).

    His symptoms sound different from Covid, but I wouldn’t know. Covid can cause everything, according to the media.

    Whatever it is, I hope he recovers soon and keeps on writing.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  59. Linh, after your functioning body rids itself of the toxins you’ve been ingesting during your travels (i.e. booze and low nutrition street food), eat foods akin to “Pho” (the way grandma prepares it) and you will be fine. Take care bro!

  60. Thanks again, Linh.

    A reply from Wittgenstein re: Sartre’s famous line:

    “Hell is not other people. Hell is yourself.” Indeed.

    Sartre also talks about “escaping the gaze of the other.”

    His “mission” (i.e. Aligning himself with feminist and anti-colonial voices like Franz Fanon) superseded any honest attempt at thinking and philosophy. He misconstrued Heidegger.

    At the end of his life, he became a Messianist, throwing up his hands and saying that both “Jews” and Arabs deserved to be there. Super helpful, bro!

    I echo another above who says Camus was worlds better.

    • Replies: @ivan
  61. ‘After Sebald’ is a very fine documentary, if you can find it.

  62. @HT

    Yep-all those black Americans controlling things from their prison cells and slums. Clever people.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @HT
  63. ivan says:
    @Dumbo

    The saddest thing is that they are probably Biden voters .

  64. ivan says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    A zoo is just a place for a visit with the children.

    • Replies: @Dr. Charles Fhandrich
  65. ivan says:
    @NemesisCalling

    Satre was also ugly. Possibly the ugliest of well known philosophers. Though another Jewish “savant”, Derrida gives him a run for money.

    The usual type of confused Jew who found Nazism so evil, that they absolutely had to endorse Maoism as the answer to their problems.

    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
  66. Anon[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hans Vogel

    Do not forget his signing the petition to lower the age of consent to under-15, and in the benefit of pedophile pornographers who had abused 12-13 year olds of both sexes.

    La Nausee I read in my twenties.. people raved about it. Little has stayed with me, to be truthful, but at the time it helped me understand that not everything with great press is gold. Same with G B Shaw.

  67. BorisMay says:

    David Irving is the writer this author needs to read to discover the post WWII recollections of the German people.

    It is only a modern failure of memory, where as five or ten years after the war recollections with trusted men, (Irving is an Englishman fluent in German from working in German industry post war time), were vivid.

    I read Paradise Lost at 14 years of age at private English boarding school. It was a real eye opener and my first introduction to serious poetry. I’d been writing poetry since I was eight years of age. Even sixty years ago when I read it, it was no longer a cultural catalyst.

  68. grr says:
    @Know Your Enemy

    They are too thick and subscribe to the KISS theory.

    • Thanks: Know Your Enemy
  69. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    ‘…Yep-all those black Americans controlling things from their prison cells and slums. Clever people…’

    Indeed. I wonder if, left to their own devices, whether it would ever have occurred to blacks to object to Jim Crow.

    Blacks would hardly be a blessing and a boon to the rest of us under any circumstances, but much of all this is a (largely Jew) inflicted wound.

  70. ivan says:

    This is an affecting meditation Linh. Get well soon.

  71. Colinsky says:

    Faust. Where are you damn’d?
    Mephistopheles. In hell.
    Faust. How comes it then that thou art out of hell?
    Mephistopheles.. Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.

  72. N30rebel says:

    Smegma: Fun to say, not so fun to have, but at least you’ve still got all the penis you were born with.

  73. johnm33 says:

    “Love oh love oh perfect love” only this mourning I was considering just how much repetitive nonsense our heads are stuffed with, compared to our ancestors who used this rhyming lyrical facility we all share as a storehouse of knowledge, and how little has been saved and how great our unknown losses are. Almost as if I walk around asking people eating raw onions why? only to be assured they’re eating an apple, they think?
    Anyway thanks for pointing towards my own ignorance, it’s too rare not to be appreciated.
    Get well.

  74. @Dumbo

    Just because there is Covid around it doesn’t mean that other viruses have disappeared. But everything is now being blamed on Covid because it apparently weakens internal organs, sort of like was done with HIV/AIDS.

  75. KeltCindy says:

    Hi Linh,

    So many years have gone by, I doubt I’d spark a hint of familiarity. But, if you do remember, I apologize for seemingly falling off the face of the earth those many years ago, while you were still “based” out of Philly.

    I continued to follow your incredibly rich work and adventures, and I was elated when you shed Philly and the U.S…!

    Now, to the true point of this blurb: Please tell me you’re feeling better, Linh. Do you think it might be Covid-19? You’re handling this by yourself…??

    Love, Cindy

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  76. KeltCindy says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Love to you, Chuck… ♥️

    Cindy

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  77. N30rebel says:
    @JRB

    The other groups playing a key role in preventing the extinction of exotic animals are elitist hunting clubs who wish to preserve the pleasure of killing them in perpetuity, only able to do so if there are still enough animals saved to be able to keep killing them.

  78. profnasty says:

    I don’t believe in CoVid, Holocaust, 911 planes, I think you know where this is going.
    Lihn, who knows what you picked up in your global reporting. Just please get well soon and return to work. You are the best international reporter I know of. Much respect. G*d Bless.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  79. @Qui Coke 7

    A similar thing happened to me at the zoo in Schonnbrun Palace in Vienna. I went up to the meerkat pen and noticed one meerkat furiously digging in the dirt against the glass, as if it was trying to dig itself out of its glass prison to freedom.
    It was the last zoo I ever visited

  80. @KeltCindy

    Love to you too, Cindy!

    Am happy you made an appearance. ❤️

  81. MGB says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Get well soon. Excellent post, though not quite as accomplished as “Jew haters commonly suffer a gruesome death.” That’s some writing! I’d like to see an LD reading list when you’re up to it.

  82. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @KeltCindy

    Hi Cindy,

    It’s great to hear from you!

    I have no idea if it’s Covid, but it’s certainly dragging on. Yesterday, I thought I would finally go to my neighborhood cafe, but had no energy. I couldn’t even make a run to the store, less than a minute away from my building.

    Stuck inside for days on end, I must keep my mind preoccupied somehow, and serious reading is usually too much of a strain, so yesterday, I heard Pound, Eliot, Wilbur, Lowell and Plath on YouTube, and rewatched Cassavetes’ Minnie and Moskovitz, my facvorite film of his. I also heard him being interviewed, and Gena Rowlands, too. Both are true artists, so rare in Hollywood.

    Glenn Gould, too, has lifted my spirit.

    Linh

  83. HT says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    How about Negro infested culture?

  84. Glad you’re doing better, continue to do so.
    Great post, as usual!
    I think I need to order another one of your books

  85. Truth says:
    @profnasty

    On a lighter note; a prostitute will soon become America’s 47th President

    Oh, so nothing has changed?

    • LOL: Sick of Orcs
  86. Herzog says:
    @obwandiyag

    obwandiyag,

    fortunately you are endlessly entertaining.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  87. Bloody hell, I looked at the headline and thought you were dying.

    Never do that again.

  88. this here I am ambivalent partly due to Lin Din have written it. he is ethnic but he is still European. more European than European. his clarity impacts making what I don’t want to know anymore, to understand, all too clear…utterly negative and pointless, useless relative to positive human existence, European thought, opinion, perspective.

    oh fuck! there must be another outlook on life, one which does not see our bodies in ceremonial dress today, garish galore, but worms next time!

    how about as a natural process and that there is nothing essentially nasty and disgusting about worms feeding on anything they eat, but part of our natural process in which our individual interludes take place. is there any way we can see worms as natural and positive, fact that we can include and go on peacefully undisturbed emotionally by their existence and their eventual work on us

    and or I forget! there is now cremation and spreading ashes, eliminating the feeding worms part. so what the hell becomes of worms now that they can feed as much anymore? am I supposed to even be concerned about how the worms will get along without our bodies to feed on?

    ” Time itself gets old”. if that is a fact then time was always old, long before us, it was always here, time! forever it seems. how do we survive in time forever ourselves? if we cant what is the point being here at all?

    I don’t know but there appear to be more answers than what Lin alludes here ferreting in the European mish-marsh… or detritus perhaps, a more apt descriptive? I am tired of European narrative on life, fed up with it. it is too negative. there must be more positive ways of looing at what we know have lived so far.

    Europe is a freaking lie. all Europe talks about is horrible, negative, dead end. the euro perspective seems a zero sum dead end perspective. Europe is a freaking lie, its Bible is a lie from start to finish. and if their Bible is a life all that flows from it, shaped by it are lies also. if life is here and time is here and long time now if not forever there must be positive ways of knowing time, knowing life, dealing with life whole and positive, despite the worms in waiting.

    there was a time when I did not know better that Armageddon impacted, Brave New World and 1984 impacted, a time when Satan was real and Jesus actually lived. but all of that, all of it is pure nonsense, hateful negative nonsense that drove humanity nuts so much so we are helpless currently in the face our ourselves, can do nothing positively, to recreate ourselves in positive light as we kill ourselves, walking into collective global suicide.

    what prepared this if not the total, comprehensive propagandizing European religious bullshit that has suffused the planet since 1492, a perspective that has now substituted itself for reality, a reality out of which this here Lin Din perspective now flows..at a time I don’t want to hear it, want to have noting to do with it, to burn it down to the fucking ground to light the way to more accurate and uplifting perspective on life, existence… living perspective in this world that has to mean more than this European death perspective has given us.

    ‘Time itself gets old!’ what the hell can humanity do with that? we are in it, of it but that stymies totally…like a blind out of which there is not even a crease, a sliver of room one can slip through and out of into light! what can of human perspective can dream of such conception?

    the world is evolutionary, no part of it limited, ever finished save it evolves into something else and continues, existential potential seem forever…POTENTIAL! so what do we know and what can we make of of the world we know according to its rules of evolution? must we forever be subject to worms in waiting?

    Open ended is what I tend towards, not zero sum. there must be more. and more surely is simple. the euro perspective seems added abstract bullshit imported and imposed between humans and nature…nature the arbiter of all. it is only nature and humanity so far as we know, and humanity with the job of the survival of our species in nature. that is the template in social life for humanity…”how does humanity survive indefinitely in an evolutionary universe evolved and arbitrated by the nature we know?”

    we must deal with nature what it is, its rules, what are we in and directed by the conditions of nature and our drive to survive as evolved by nature what cane we do in nature to achieve that objective…indefinite survival?

    the euro perspective does not address this question from the angle of nature and humanity but from an elitist perspective the survival of the elites that must reduce humanity depopulates and feeds only the minority elites, regardless of what nature arbitrated-arbitrates. this is the perspective that has introduced the term and reality GENOCIDE- into human experience.

    that is not what nature set up…that is euro insanity as perfectly captured by all the great euro intellects that Lin Din ferrets in here-seemingly always. they are all crazy I think, and I am not sorry that they are being delegitimized… reduced anyway. not of course to be replaced by the developing idiocy, not to be sanctioned out of life but put in their proper places as record of overall human experience that would help serve the purpose of human survival as we go….

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Druid55
  89. Johan says:
    @TKK

    It sounds like the poisonous COVID blues, the psychogenic version, not the establishment version.

  90. anon[413] • Disclaimer says:

    Getting bedridden every 20-30 years good for the soul.
    Returns a perspective forgotten.

    Eat some salty soup with hard bread then a cold brew.

    Life returns.

  91. Nick J says:

    Im feeling less than well currently, Mr Dinh you bring copius light and happiness. Get well.

  92. @Linh Dinh

    Read the Bible.
    It might cheer you up.
    Some people get cheered up in graveyards. Reading this comment thread, and the affection that so many bat crazy omegas have for you, certainly cheered me up.
    Glenn Gould lived a life without love and made a living off of the suffering and genius of Bach – but if he lifted your spirits, well maybe he did not live in vain.

    Eat lots of spicy food, find a good doctor (in your case probably a female doctor — we both know why) and get better. You are an older Asian dude than you ought to be, because you have lived a non-Asian life in an Asian body, but that being said, you can spring back to where you were meant to be, a middle aged guy with lots of years left. The odds are on your side if you try and if you apply yourself to getting better.

    If you want more advice, ask for it, I would be glad to help.

    Best of luck!

    • Replies: @very old statistician
  93. @very old statistician

    ((for those who never were and still are not au courant, high charisma guys (like young M. Dinh) should never rely on male doctors for good advice, think about the incentives and disincentives running around in the brain of the male doctor – as for me, sure i am not a doctor, but the statistician thing is also sort of a joke, i am more of an old school faith healer, and because i am not a doctor my advice is just as good for men as for women, because i always wish the best for everyone))

    (if you are fairly certain your health problems stem from a stubborn immune system issue, stay COMPLETELY away from seafood of any kind, salt OR fresh water, stay away from all fungi and all fermented food unless it was fermented in alcohol, AND REMEMBER THAT EATING LOTS OF WHEAT AND RICE IS THE EQUIVALENT OF MAKING YOUR GUT INTO A BREWERY)

    • Replies: @orionyx
  94. @Colin Wright

    more incredulity on this thread: ”Blacks would hardly be a blessing and a boon….”

    I found Lin Din to be relentlessly depressing, his illness disappeared in the low I experienced reading. about halfway through I simply stopped reading and had to expunge the depression. strangely the following refutation of the Colin Wright guy was good medicine

    Hey Colin Wright here! Dig this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy6gPBix32k
    Solves the dark relentless dank of this thread immediately

    Archives of music of he highest quality fills American musicology. Artistic performances fills the records of movies, libraries, videos etc. same with the sports halls of fame bringing untold joy to fans all over. then the libraries with the great writers, historians, philosophers…: politics with the greats MLK, Malcolm and many more

    currently Americans are less and less bothered by race, a result of which is skin recoloration of American. the children of America are now representing the true ethnic state of America. Mixed Children of African and White Americans are everywhere in all fields up to politics and the presidency

    Black people contributed to the wealth of America and its formation with a couple of centuries of free labor. and yet Black people are not a ”blessing and a boon!?”

    the slave master threw the meat offal to the slave to feed themselves. the slave turned every one of them into enduring food delicacies for all to enjoy. Africans contributed medicines that saved countless lives over the centuries, with knowledge developed in Africa they walked with….

    Black people have helped put America on the map excellently in so many areas of life how do we tabulate, where do we start….

    Wright needs to bounce his head to clear his mind and his sight. poor fella!

    • Troll: GeneralRipper, Jimma
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  95. Linh, see the recent Ivermectin article on SOTT.

    I hope you are well soon.

  96. @Linh Dinh

    Good health and a speedy recovery to you Linh Dinh.
    Thank you for all your work. Bless you.

    • Agree: Iris
  97. HalconHigh says: • Website

    Know how ya feel Linh
    I about died when Alabama lost to UCLA in OT

    There went my Money Bracket…lol

    Hope you’re feeling better, brah
    That next beer ya drink should be interesting

  98. orionyx says:
    @Supply and Demand

    You mean, the well-read voted for Hillary?
    Presumably only if they were not well-read enough to have read widely about her.

  99. orionyx says:
    @DrWatson

    I wouldn’t say they agree on the use of the pint.

    The pub pint in Britain is larger than the American 16-0z pint, and much larger than the faux pint sold in places that sell ‘artisanal’ beer at outrageous prices.
    Ask for a pint in an American bar, and you get a blank stare if the bar-tender is under 30.

    • Replies: @DrWatson
  100. orionyx says:
    @very old statistician

    REMEMBER THAT EATING LOTS OF WHEAT AND RICE IS THE EQUIVALENT OF MAKING YOUR GUT INTO A BREWERY

    I must remember that one if I ever blow over .08 on the breathalyzer. “No, officer, I haven’t been drinking, just had a large Chinese takeaway after a couple of sandwiches”.

    I’m willing to bet that the response would be simply “step out of the car and assume the position”.

    • Replies: @very old statistician
  101. Din! you are a racist, Black hating Asian!
    you are European in a an Asian body. you dance
    with the most depressing content.

    [MORE]

    there absolutely must be better than what you proffer
    out there routinely. I know there is, experience some of it often enough
    now I understand you. I have finally had an opportunity to get to know you.
    and immediately I have had enough

    so long guy…you and your insane white intellectual friends. you are now
    on ignore. reading what you wrote above is a waste of time that qualifies
    all I have read of you previously.

    it was not nice knowing you. it has in fact I see now, a waste of time.
    have a nice remainder of your life with your friends Colin Wright etc.

    • LOL: Truth
    • Replies: @ben sampson
  102. Corvinus says:
    @HT

    “Civilized people need to move into survival mode including moving into extreme violence mode as needed to protect themselves and their loved ones from the savagery of living in a Negro controlled culture.”

    Another armchair warrior invoking the memory of St. Breivik while employing the No True Scotsman Fallacy. Congratulations, perhaps, are in order.

    • Agree: Mulga Mumblebrain
    • Troll: GeneralRipper
  103. alepic says:

    Get Well soon Linh!

    When you can make it back to VN there’s a place for you to recover

  104. @ivan

    That’s right. That’s all it is, a place for children and empty headed gawkers to view caged wild animals for a few seconds. Those sentient beings, deserve better, namely the freedom they once had that is in their very being. True, they can often live longer in a zoo, but is living in a prison for the rest of your life a good thing? Apparently not, when one considers the general listlessness of zoo animals in general. The problem is, people never take a really good look at them. A few seconds and on to the next “cheap thrill”. Just my opinion.

    • Replies: @ivan
  105. JRB says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Doesn’t sound too good to me. Did you consider taking medical advise? If you do, let them measure your oxygen-level. If your oxygen-level is low in hospitals nowadays they give people “Dexamethason”. Experience is that the earlier you get it, the speedier the recovery. If you are in a country where you can get “Ivermectin”, consider using it for a few days. You are smart enough to figure out how much to use.

  106. anonymous[202] • Disclaimer says:

    Poor cat had the pond, the trees with comfy horizontal limbs, and it could climb on neighboring paddock roofs, only to find itself trapped by aerial cage. It was a nice little enclosure and the leopard was clearly being driven insane by the gilded cage. My wife, and former zoo-loving daughter, both agreed as we exited (hearing one last “be a friend of the zoo and become a member” on hidden speakers), “never again.”

    Two weeks ago some midwit went into the elephant enclosure with his 2 yo, and barely escaped being trampled.

    Don’t get me started on the poor polar bears they dragged to San Diego.

    Tiger, tiger, burning bright… Blake never visited the zoo.

  107. Iris says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Spiritual souls find life unbearably unfair, and it is indeed, but none of this unfairness is your fault, and very little of it is your responsibility to fix.

    Muslims have this profound phrase from the Qur’an: “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” So please don’t burden yours.

    Pensées et amitiés.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  108. JamesinNM says:

    Thank you for your honest writings from the depths of your soul.

  109. @Colin Wright

    I guess that, seeing that objecting to Jim Crow might get you burned alive in a lynching, they preferred quiescence, or migration.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  110. @Iris

    Iris said: “Spiritual souls find life unbearably unfair.”

    Thanks, Iris.♥️

    Fyi, I try to uphold humility, and accept life’s unfairness as much as a proud unbeliever.

    • Thanks: Iris
  111. Linh Dinh,

    I have been following you and reading you for nearly as long as I have been reading Pepe Escobar. I bought his book about 15 years ago, and yours about 5 years ago.

    Your’s has by far the best photography. You write equally well, and I trust you both to tell the truth as close as you know it

    I got really ill too in January (first time since I was a kid) and went to A&E – I thought it was my best chance of survival. It was not COVID related, though maybe connected due to my lack of exposure to sunshine, cos of these lockdowns. Depleted my immune system.

    They pumped me through with antibiotics, which I had hardly ever had before in my life, except maybe 30 years ago at the Dentist. I did however insist, that I was not allergic.

    I was there for 4 hours, and they told my wife to take me home..with these antibiotic pills. The pain was almost unbearable. I completely gave up all alcohol and even coffee. I just wanted to sleep. My wife was wonderful, cleaned up the mess, nursed me back to health and bought me a glass of milk and two chocolate biscuits in bed at 10:00 am for 6 weeks.

    I’m O.K. now, and so will you be.

    You have got the angels on your side praying for you.

    I just did, and I am not the slightest bit religious.

    There is something really nice about you.

    Postcards from the End of America Paperback – Illustrated, 25 Feb. 2017
    by Linh Dinh

    Tony

    • Replies: @Ralph M
    , @Linh Dinh
  112. I was in Turkey. It was just so hot. My wife and daughter just laughed at me.

    “In My Time of Dying”

  113. anarchyst says:

    Em hy vọng sức khoẻ anh tốt hơn

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  114. Ralph M says:
    @tony_0pmoc

    “There is something really nice about you.”

    I certainly agree with that! Linh Dinh is truly special, so intelligent, so sensitive and wonderfully expressive.

  115. @orionyx

    There are few choices in this world that are worse than the choice to drive with a high alcohol content in your blood, DON’T EVER THINK OF DRIVING DRUNK, THAT IS A TERRIBLE THING TO DO.

  116. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @tony_0pmoc

    Hi Tony,

    Many thanks! I had a most successfull day yesterday, Tony. The day started off with me entering my neighborhood cafe at just after 7AM. Hadn’t sat in that lovely joint in nearly three weeks. Perfectly naturally, I had a croissant with my macchiato. Now, croissants outside France are usually not croissants at all but only crossaint-shaped, but damn it, this fake croissant tasted so good, I had to watch myself a bit, to not appear too obscene eating it. Encouraged, I then had an order of cheesecake, not exactly breakfast food, but it wasn’t illegal, was it? Then I went truly crazy and ordered two cream puffs. One of the two waitresses at this cafe has a charming habit of squeaking, “thank you,” in response to my thank you whenever she brings me something, but she wasn’t working this day, but the other regular waitress was pleasant enough. Even the crappy music they played yesterday sounded all right.

    Confident, I then decided to walk into town, and my steps were so natural and cocksure, I practically marched. At streetlights, I stood and waited for them to change without trepidation or embarrassment, and when they did change, why, I walked perfectly naturally across the street like everybody else.

    I kept marching, I couldn’t stop, until I reached Mother Teresa Square at least a couple miles away. Again, I marveled at how ugly that square was, undoubtedly the most charmless in the world. Goddamn it, Hoxha, why did you decide to save a few leks at this square, though it was certainly not named after Mother Teresa during his days.

    I walked past the hideous Tirana Pyramid, built by Hoxha’s daughter to honor her dictator dad. It’s being renovated into some sort of a retail space, I think.

    At a fastfood joint just off Skanderbeg Square, I decided to have a cheeseburger and fries, and they were actually awful. Since I was the first customer, they might have given me fries from the day before, they tasted that bad, but hell, the mustard I squirted on my burger tasted excellent! Through the large window, the sun baked me well. I stared at commuters getting off buses, mothers with lovely, well behaved children and a few old ones taking tired, careful steps.

    Having walked for two hours, my femoral joints were sore, so it was time to march back home. Half a block from my building, I stopped at Big Market (it’s actually tiny) for some juices, prosciutto crudo, pistachio, eggs and, quite impulsively, a package of cabanossi sausage from Greisinger, Ihr Fleischermeister. I was going to town, man!

    Leaving Big Market, I did not swerve, like I had just days earlier, but stroll home with perfect composure. Up the elevator I went, then entered my room a new man.

    Linh

    • Thanks: Druid55, Alfred
  117. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @anarchyst

    Cám ơn bạn! Tôi đã khoẻ hơn nhiều.

  118. ivan says:
    @Dr. Charles Fhandrich

    The first time I went to the zoo was in the 70s when the school organised a trip to the then new Singapore Zoological Gardens. The next time I went – apart from visiting some minor zoos – was when I had to take my son decades later.

  119. @Linh Dinh

    Glad to hear you’re recovering.

    Reassuring to see you’re making the right enemies.

    The message sounds like a passage from The Merchant of Venice.

  120. @ivan

    Derrida may have been a nihilist, or at least a relativist, but he wasn’t at all ugly. I rode in the elevator with him and two of his wide-eyed, female devotees, circa 1986.

    • Replies: @ivan
  121. HalconHigh says: • Website

    Forgot to mention Linh, did you see Biden trying to climb the stairs of Air Force One the other day ?

    Biden fell not once, not twice. but three times.

    I had a flashback to my Catholic grade school days where we had to learn the Stations of the Cross and how Jesus (allegedly) fell 3 times.

    As one wag wrote…a perfect metaphor for Biden’s career….always falling upward.

  122. neutral says:

    Is he dying for real, or is this just clickbait?

  123. “but that’s why we must nurture our collective heritage. We learn from and build on each other’s accomplishment. Otherwise, such a degraded life is scarcely worth living.”

    Mr Dinh, please take this advice to heart starting with the very basic and most effective way to care for your health and spirit; the food you put in your body. It’s a big issue in most parts of USA and one of their most terrible exports. Even farmers go shopping in the supermarkets for their “food” and are unaware that they are depleting Eco-systems for generations to come with their methods straight from the sales catalogue of Big Agro Companies. The cows fart to much.. or was it the soil wich is turned into “dirt”?
    Being lonely and ill in country that made itself foreign to human nature, with only a landlady to visit, no family to bring you nurturing traditional foods like the running chicken broth with fresh onions to get the life into you first by inhaling the vapor then spoon by spoon.
    The accomplishment of thousands of years of cultural & food tradition being erased globally as we speak.. leaves many of us that way when we are in need…
    They have won after all, haven’t they?
    Fake convenience ideas vaporize the day you realize the physical and spiritual harm done and have to drip the life back into your tortured being step by step breath by breath.
    Fat & acne ridden people all over Viet Nam. VinaSat II satellite by Lockheed Martin is finally pumping Disney Western Commercial Advertisement propaganda more effective and harmful than their bombs in breaking the unity and spirit of the (city)people and have a generation of sleep depraved smartphone addicted, 16-18 hrs / day snacking “kids” to rule & take advantage of the love of their parents that grant them all good.
    Remembering times of scarcity being worse.. but were they?
    Even old granddad, in the commercials still allowed to live with the family, for now, agrees that the instant chicken soup out of a package is as good or better than original.
    When will we collectively vote with our rapidly draining wallet and good sense to stop this?

  124. @ben sampson

    Truth is right!

    Playing propaganda games with the truth by posting up only part of the whole discussion. there is more to it than this here entry above, especially my response to Colin Wright. allow Wright to be openly racist! shut down whoever points that fact out

    here is Asia too: https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14684.html
    hating thyself!

    • Replies: @ben sampson
  125. @Tony massey

    “One thing: if America goes down…the rest of the world follows.”

    I don’t agree, the US is only a fractional part of the world and if the US goes down, the only country that would go with it is Israel. Everyone else in the world would be much better off if the US disappeared tomorrow. The US interferes with every nation in the world’s business, changes regimes for the benefit of US corporations, kills millions of people for no reason other than that they can, its military is the biggest polluter and waster of energy in the world, its the largest exporter of cultural pollution and destroyer of real cultures, its government has suppressed thousands of inventions that would benefit mankind just because its mega-corporations make the most money when they’re wasting resources and producing medicines that don’t cure disease.

    • Agree: neutral, Arthur MacBride
    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Mulga Mumblebrain
  126. I was happy to read that Linh is feeling better, and hope he will continue to find tasty, nourishing food more often than not as he travels in Tirana and wherever his wandering might take him. Pope Francis praised Albania during his official visit there as a model of religious coexistence and tolerance. I don’t always agree with the Pope, or with Mr. Dinh, but they are all part of life’s rich pageant. As the Five Contemplations of Buddhism put it, no one escapes aging, illness, death, separation from those we love, and reaping the consequences of our good and evil actions.

  127. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    ‘I guess that, seeing that objecting to Jim Crow might get you burned alive in a lynching, they preferred quiescence, or migration.’

    I don’t suppose you can furnish any examples?

    I’m open; I’d be interested to read of any specific cases you might be able to link to.

    Burned alive; supposed offense political rather than criminal. Post the link.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  128. Very fine essay, Linh! I am deeply moved. Please do get better.

    We need you. As long as there are good writers and artists, there is culture. The rest is distraction.

  129. @ben sampson

    more! Lin should check his roots! hahahahaha
    maybe take off his shoes in front of a mirror and check the bottom of his feet

    https://nextshark.com/14-phenomenal-photos-reveal-indeed-black-chinese-people/

  130. Druid55 says:
    @Qui Coke 7

    I saw the same thing with a gorgeous white tiger in the Pretoria Zoo in February of 2000. Sad!

    • Replies: @Alfred
  131. @Herzog

    But unfortunately not by his own design.

  132. Druid55 says:
    @ben sampson

    Blah blah blah blah blah!

    • Replies: @ben sampson
  133. Iris says:
    @Joe Paluka

    Clear enough what decent people throughout the world really thinks of the US Empire: just remember Bush having a shoe thrown at his face…..

    • Thanks: ChuckOrloski
  134. @ben sampson

    the people who post in this sliver of a right wing Unz corner of the universe, need to be reminded of that very fact…that they are a very small, ‘sliver-ish’ and tiny entity, and becoming ever more tiny every day now.

    recent population stats about the USA for example, that’s out here for for all to see, reveal that more than half of the children being born in the USA already, right now! currently! are ethnically mixed children, not white children.

    couple Kanye West and Kim are a fine example of that. that couple have had what…4 or 5 of them? right in the middle of the public eye.

    and what is happening relatively in the rest of the world? far! far! far more than the literal browning of America right before our eyes currently. right now! look at the USA…unavoidably due to content, soon, in a generation-2 or so, huge majority becomes what you call it then…BLACK!!!

    what does it take emotionally, ideologically for that to happen?

    literally the opposite of the ideological perspective dominant on the Unz!

    American society stacked the social deck against any such development yet look at it right there right now!

    ultimately by existential experience people come to enough truth that in any room at all, any personal freedom and security to behave as they want to live, they do exactly what they want to do! live like they want to live. and what do we see as a result?

    That’s right! its happening everywhere. all over the planet…ethnic mixing! and where we would least expect it! like in the heart of China it is a burgeoning factor…ethnic mixing. In Japan similarly. Everywhere!

    [MORE]

    you guys here have lost! that means you are dead wrong about life and life does not care, moves on on anyway without you, don’t need you at all for the way IT wants to flow, can flow indeed, relative to its own development, extension, survival….

    in another 50 years if the Jews do not cause humanity to blow itself up, and are reduced to existential ordinariness themselves, this right wing corner will be no more: conditions/energy that now feed it subsumed into greater existential human logic and positive and practical use. the world will be dominantly brown again and flowing into greater, positive intellectual frames…hopefully – open minded without limit. no limit on human curiosity in the the evolutionary nature of existence, discursive perspective, exploratory, looking for limits, boundaries if any! but positively so, no longer to make war on itself.

    “where do we go from here! onwards, upwards…

    and a security for all, the end of poverty and existential lies, coming into truth, what we know become the basis of all human activity that speeds up human development exponentially…the end of the existentially threatening, socially retarding racisms and class divisions of social existence.

    oh man! I dream of a point at which human achieves security for all alive, the security of material life in which all make a living that is equal to the task of general survival at the best required levels of the day, and humanity becomes free from the massively retarding albatross of insecurity: poverty everywhere, fear, fear and more fear.

    that would be when humanity would be able to dance on the weekend, relax on Sunday and wake up Monday morning to continue solving the riddle of life to the extent that we achieve an indefinite survival for our species in NATURE! the generator and arbiter of all there is

    all the nonsense, sectarianism, which is nothing but ridiculous ‘scholarly’ violence that all here on Unz are steeped in, believing it to be the acme of intellectual achievement. Gone!!! constructs like insane, fake religious christianity – a factor of social repression I absolutely and totally rejected long ago, every vestige of which I have sought to expunge from my soul since then. Gone!!

    and Lihn Dihn would have gone back ‘home’ to his roots, having expunged his western induced ‘scholarly’ violence from his very able mind. ‘Din’ would be old, old! but fine on his old roots basic diet that kept his immune system fit and strong, doing for him what no vaccination or western ‘for profit pharmaceuticals’ could ever do for him

    hahahahahaha!

  135. @Ben Sampson

    Typical hateful ugly (inside and out) jew.

  136. Dumbo says: • Website

    At a fastfood joint just off Skanderbeg Square, I decided to have a cheeseburger and fries, and they were actually awful.

    I was wondering, maybe Linh is not sick from Covid or any other disease, but just from eating too much junk food? 😀 Never heard of him eating anything other than junk food, including “Swedish pizza”.

    • Agree: Iris, republic
    • Replies: @Iris
  137. Iris says:
    @Dumbo

    Indeed. Travelling non-stop and living in hotels forces the traveller to get food from commercial eateries; eating “healthy” becomes an impossible mission.

    Even if not junk food, commercial meals are always too fat and too rich, and often sugary, as most palatable to the larger range of customers. The gut stops working correctly past a couple of weeks.

    Fasting is always a good thing, it “recalibrates” the gut microbiota, greatly boosts the immune system and definitely clears the mind, although this third function linking the gut to the brain is not fully understood yet. Sticking to fruit and vegetables is always a winner.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  138. another one who believes that the only way not to be degrading or degraded by
    Zionist cultural poison is to be Christian…that Christianity it is only defense!

    But what if Christianity was an early or original Jewish poison that worked fantastically well even up to now?

    Ben Samson as pseudonym was a play I thought of that has not really worked out as I intended at all.  too late to Change it I guess.  

    however I am not a Jew! I am a Black man who subscribes to no religion at all…NONE of that abstract, idealistic nonsense! concocted by elites and inserted between ordinary people and reality, NATURE! to render us totally controllable, controlled!

    how people want to live, as natural as day is guided by nature, generated by nature and not degrading at all.  no people in the wild in nature directly are corrupt and degraded.  Do you want more proof?  it is only when cities and towns develop and class relations emerge do we get the degradation, the comprehensive corruption of humanity.

    when I say that people live exactly as they want to when they get the room, or win the room to, that does not mean they degrade themselves into Zionist designed corruption.  where do you see that?

    [MORE]

    what they do is go out and meet their needs how they can under their own control to make  security for themselves. They marry whom they want to marry, not according to what the status quo dictates, in spite of what the status quo dictates… and replicate themselves that way.  they love their children and create their own rituals by which they live, not those established by the elites to condition the people into behavior that support the elites in power over them

    that is not what I am talking about Mister. What I tried to describe is what I see people doing all the time in the freedom to live as they want, that they manage to squeak out of elitist domination everywhere.  That is how people, ALL PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT TO LIVE!  IN DECENCY AND ADEQUATE, ACHIEVABLE MATERIAL MATERIAL SECURITY ON THE DAY!  

    the people are not corrupt naturally, initially.  the corruption is made for them by elites, ways conjured up by elites to channel the people into corrupt, existentially degrading behavior for the profit of elites in cash and in social control

    we must trust ourselves, we the people.  we must know ourselves!  we need no elitist control or direction as to how to live.  We of nature like all life forms.  all life generated by nature are equipped with the means to evolve, to be a successful form if they can be, to live successfully in nature or die off.  There seems a  natural progression: to get better or die off as a subsequent failure: or to die off quickly as an immediate failure: or go on indefinitely as a continuing success. 

    A few species have been around for eons as examples of continuing success!  humanity is now in trouble looming to have been successful but now a subsequent failure

    but humanity did not create corrupt societies initially.  we must understand why we created such exploitative societies, how we have come to this pass and correct ourselves.  The problem is Europe, European global dictatorship!  

    Europeans began with exploitative society.  That is what Europe evolved from the start, European unique contribution to human historical development.  but Europe can’t get rid of exploitative, minority dominated exploitative societies.  and now European elites, with thousands of years or practice and in control of modern technologies, having captured the greatest part of the world’s wealth and the political power in the world, appear to be unstoppable in creating a global minority but technologized dictatorship, that can do ought but eradicate humanity from existence

    you refer to me as a degraded inside out but you are a Christian for sure by your attitude here.  and the knowledge of Christianity I have, and my experience in the world at the hands of Christians is so egregious, that it makes of you a blind fool of such constant and routine evil and wickedness. you and Christianity as negative factors are beyond words to describe.  Christianity has done so much terror on this planet that when I began doing the history I could not continue in linear fashion I moved ahead to other angles, coming back to specific examples when necessary.

    you are not entitled to call me nasty names!  you are  racist fool who does not know how to save himself, harkening up a sectarian ‘tree of no answers’, a tree with no branches to break your slide back down the trunk of that tree when the rain and snow come 

    • Thanks: ivan
  139. ivan says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Thank you. I should have been more careful.

  140. agnaby says:

    My mail was erased.

    I wish you all the best, ask the land lady to cook for you.
    I disagreed with a lot you have posted previously, traveling around like a bum, eating the western garbage instead of the healthy local cuisines, and going only to the ugliest sites in any given country. You were a false hippy in my opinion, but it does not matter now…

    This is now not important, I am worried about you and truly wish you all the best.
    Recover, that is all I wish for you.

    Ask for healthy and nutritious food from your land lady.
    Chicken soup and salads…

    With love and wishes for the best. Recover soon and learn something….
    With love

  141. Anonymous[357] • Disclaimer says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Thinking that the population that voted for Biden has been raised on comic books, and mad magazine. I’m supposed to think that that is an erudite group? I’m thinking not.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  142. Why did you choose such a preposterous title?Dying thoughts???I had an anxiety attack.I thought the “powers that be”manage to poison you.
    You are not a young man.The nomadic lifestyle and excessive drinking is finally taking it’s toll.I know you are lonely.A lot of people all over the world..read your articles faithfully,admire,respect and care for you.
    Please take better care of yourself.

  143. @Anonymous

    ‘Thinking that the population that voted for Biden has been raised on comic books, and mad magazine.’

    ? At least some of the population that voted for Biden is fictitious. They weren’t raised at all.

    • Replies: @Featherless
  144. Icy Blast says:
    @Tony massey

    If the U.S.A. ceases to exist as a legally recognized political entity…the rest of the world breathes a sigh of relief – perhaps punctuated by delighted laughter. Please try to get in touch with reality. Learning the truth is usually painful, but ultimately richly rewarding.

  145. “which immediately annihilated any notion of the Chinese as an inferior and uncivilized race”

    Lol. The Summer Palace was designed and built by Westerners in a Western style. So if anything, it would have confirmed such a notion. Srbald is a ridiculous self-important philo-Semitic coward.

    • Troll: Mulga Mumblebrain
  146. @Supply and Demand

    If, as seems evident, you are an American and if you are under 50, then the only Jesuit boarding school available to your discerning parents would have been Georgetown Prep.
    If you are older it could have been a number of others, including my own in California.
    But whatever your age, I see that you were not only well-educated by the Jesuits (there’s nobody better at it) but also, and unlike myself, successfully indoctrinated into the tired Leftism which was already de rigueur in their schools by the early 1960s.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  147. Hour upon hour is added to the sum. Time itself grows old. Pyramids, arches and obelisks are melting pillars of snow.

    Kitsch.

    I’ve read quite a bit of the self-derogatory/congratulatory misery-epics of W. G. Sebald, I have to admit.

    (Maybe he was seriously ill and I’m a bit unjust here. But one thing is quite clear for me: He always attempted to reach literary fame and he knew quite well, what the bells had tolled: – In other words, what’s needed to achieve that fame. And he was eager to deliver.

    So – no great writer, but a great dweller in self-centered misery – and marketing expert, who knew that such stuff would sell.

    I’m glad you made it through, Linh! – Weed never disappears (old German saying). – Keep going, young man!

  148. @Iris

    Five consecutive days fasting will almost certainly effect a metabolic reset, even in the most degraded metabolism.

  149. @Joe Paluka

    If Merka or Zionazistan go down, they will, deliberately, take the world with them.Merkan Exceptionalism is a terminal malady.

    • Replies: @Hoorahrahrah
  150. @Colin Wright

    Colin, surely you’ve noticed that I do NOT share your race hatred of black people?

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  151. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Just out of interest, do you share Black people’s race hatred of Whites ?

  152. @Dave Bowman

    He is the guy, caught off guard during an African coup, who devolves into an infant, complete with thumb sucking, when confronted by the sight of Africans barbecuing a human being. The consulate sends a Dr. to sedate him and they put him on a flight for home, civilization, normal food and padded walls.
    They are never the same again.

  153. Jimm says:

    Yeah, that South African practice of ‘necklacing’ was truly barbaric. (Rubber tires placed around the neck of suspected collaborators, doused with gasoline, then set on fire.)

    I’d forgotten about that mob punishment. Seems to me that every person who participated in those events, or who stood by and didn’t intervene, or who danced around afterward, which happened — should serve prison sentences.

    And I can’t think of anything comparable in White societies…

  154. anonymous[101] • Disclaimer says:

    He was the last tiger, the greatest cat on planet earth.

    And he was in a cage in a zoo.

    The zookeeps were gentle, always whispering, the food was splendid, his enclosure had a jungle path and a refreshing lily pond and faux oaks with welcoming limbs, there were random chickens and goats released to keep it fun, but still he was the last tiger and he was in a cage.

    Are we the last humans, in a cage forged by those who have controlled the channels of thought these past 50 years? How would we know that we weren’t, other than access to old books, and writers like Linh to serve as Virgils to our Homer Simpsons.

    Speaking of Momento Mori

    “Perceive ye not that we are worms, designed
    To form the angelic butterfly, that goes
    To judgment, leaving all defence behind?
    Why doth your mind take such exalted pose,
    Since ye, disabled, are as insects, mean
    As worm which never transformation knows?”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio

    Happy Easter, ye heathens! May the Divine Will be accomplished on Earth.

    “Thus you may understand that love alone
    is the true seed of every merit in you,
    and of all acts for which you must atone.”

  155. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    No because by then the malaise that has gripped Western C will have spread so deep that such orders would never be followed.

    You’re projecting your own anger. Think about it.

  156. @Supply and Demand

    If the population was better read, they wouldn’t have voted.

    FIFY

  157. @Old Palo Altan

    I don’t know how you define Leftism and Rightism. My idea is that Leftism is to be on the side of the people, the workers, the masses and the majority, while Rightism is to be on the side of the rulers, the elites, the capitalists, and the minority. Do I need to revise my definitions?

  158. Bert says:

    as well as Sartre’s idiotic “L’enfer, c’est les autres.” Only a man in hell would think that’s witty.

    Your implicit dismissal of all the Myers-Briggs personality types whose acronyms begin with “I” and particularly the INTJ type shows quite a blind spot in your worldview. Perhaps not unexpected for one so gregarious as you, but given your many worthwhile insights into the human condition it surprises me.

  159. @Colin Wright

    Apparently some were raised from the dead just to vote for Biden.

  160. DrWatson says:
    @orionyx

    Correction. Brits and Americans can’t agree even on the pint. Dammit, it should be big!

  161. Alfred says:
    @Druid55

    I saw the same thing with a gorgeous white tiger

    You should see the lion and tiger enclosures at Cairo Zoo. I took my kids there 10 years ago. It was a very sad sight. The animals were starving. Skeletons with barely enough energy to move at all.

    When I visited this zoo as a kid, it was very different.

    The Cairo Zoo has a bridge that was designed by Gustav Eiffel – 10 years before the Paris tower.

    White tigers in captivity are being inbred. This results in them having many congenital problems. I saw some such tigers on the Isle of Wight. They looked sickly.

    Zoo Favourite Zena Passes Away

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