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Stories

eBook - 2007
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College students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny's, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska/punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City, and go to the same Japanese restaurant in Manhattan three times in two sleepless days, all while yearning constantly for love, a better kind of love, or something better than love, things which--much like the Loch Ness Monster--they know probably do not exist, but are rumored to exist and therefore "good enough."


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Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House c2007.
ISBN: 9781612190273
1612190278
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (153 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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lukasevansherman
Dec 01, 2013

Tao Lin may be my least favorite living author. His beyond post-modern (post-everything), deadpan hipster style represents pretty much everything I hate. Yet I'll concede that he's a more quintessential writer of our time than heavyweights like Franzen or Chabon. He doesn't require much attention (you could be on your iPhone and computer at the same time), he makes no grand statements, he dispenses with plot and character development. These stories blend high and low, all in a disaffected, is it ironic sort of way, touching on terrorism, Smurfs, 9/11, Chopin, Mike Tyson, Annie Hall, Kafka and Indiana Jones. He drops nearly as many brand names as Brent Easton Ellis used to, but his are all crappy chains: K-Mart, McDonald's, Dennny's, Wal-Mart. This might appeal to those who can stand McSweeney's brand of humor (not funny, but the idea of funny). Lin wrote another crappy book named for the great author Richard Yates. Someone should write a crappy book and call it "Tao Lin."

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