Reviewed: Shoplifting From American Apparel by Tao Lin

Melville House (2009), 103 p. Reviewed by Tobias Carroll Let’s talk deadpan. If you’ve seen Tao Lin read, it’s likely you have a sense of where I’m going with this: there’s an affectless quality to his delivery in the live setting that’s disarming, declaiming surreal scenarios and bizarre occurrences with virtually no outward signs of emotion. Early 2007 saw the release of Lin’s first novel Eeeee Eee Eeee, along with a collection of short stories titled Bed. What was most […]

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Bites: Bookslut on Tao Lin, Tao Lin on Bookslut review, J.R.R. Tolkien’s family are gonna get paid, more Proust, Generation X playlists, more

Bookslut reviews Shoplifting From American Apparel.  Tao Lin calls this review ‘damning’  via his Twitter. Everything is totally cool between the heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien and HarperCollins.  (Thanks Vulture) New Yorker weighs in on Times Square vs. The High Line Sarkozy had more in common with Napoleon than you thought. (Thanks The Awl) Chicago Subtext asks: “What book would Oprah never, ever pick as a book club selection? Why?”  I sat long and hard on this one, and came up […]

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