Tao Lin writes a blog called Reader of Depressing "BOOKS IF TAO LIN WERE A HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER HIS "If Tao Lin were a Hollywood blockbuster his ine would be Writer of Annoying Fiction Very tedious and exasperating A Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work lot of the time I feltike what I was reading was ess of a story and of an exercise in reduction and not in a good way For me Lin s extreme minimalist approach had the effect of draining all the ife out of the storiesThere is way to much he did that then he did this then he went to this place and did
Another Thing And Thenthing AND THEN FELT SAD TYPE OF THING GOING ON then felt sad type of thing going on no amount oh so kooky metaphors can cover up the flatness of the characters I can deal with fiction about people who are bored or depressed or Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War lost and confused about how to exist in any kind of meaningful way Douglas Coupland continually confronts these issues with far wit humor warmth and dare I say it hope in much of his work but this just didn t cut it for me If the author s intention was to make the reader feel the sameevels of tedium experienced by his characters then I would have to say he was successful in this respect Maybe I m old fashioned and distinctly unhip but I definitely prefer my fiction a Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French littleess anemic and a Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America lot well storyike or something Tao Lin I read your bookI At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture liked it for the most part It made me want to write which a certain kind of fiction always does It reminded me of my ownife at times As a fellow Floridian ex pat of roughly the same age the Denny s references resonated I don t know if they resonated the same way for people not from Florida I guess it doesn t matterI Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity liked the stories in the following orderSuburban Teenage Wasteland BluesCull the Steel Heart Melt the Ice one Love the Weak Thing Say Nothing of Consolation but Irrelevance Disaster and Nonexistence Have no Hope or Hate Nothing Ruin Yourself Exclusively Completely and Whenever PossibleLove is the Indifferent God of the Religion in which Universe is ChurchSincerityLove is a Thing on Sale for More Money Than There ExistsInsomnia for a Better TomorrowSasuatchThree Day CruiseNine TenI think this may indicate that I don tike the way you write children so much But maybe not maybe I just found those stories Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism less compellingI stayed in bed all day reading this book I feltike I was being a Boggs: A Comedy of Values little self consciously theatrical reading a book called Bed in bed but in the final analysis I think I was just being hard on myselfReading all of these stories in one go was aittle exhausting I think perhaps your tone is a bit too consistent but that s hardly something someone could fault you forI do however have a couple of complaints1 You use. College students recent graduates and their parents work at Denny's volunteer at a public ibrary in suburban Florida attend satanic skapunk concerts eat Chinese food. .
On the phone and her voice sounded frail and she said something Berlioz and the Romantic Century like wow how beautiful how sad I have always felt k Tao Lin gets at some of those uncomforatble thoughts we have sometimes and it makes you wonder if he has those thoughts himself or he just knows us all so well But he also makes youaugh and reflect and all of those good things books should do I hate short stories so much I hate them All of them Even the good ones I always know a short story is going to end soon so even if I sort of Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago like it I want it to end now I can t stand the uncertainty The constant thought of when will this end If you re going to end soon just end now Do it Now ChristLately short stories aren t even short any They re soong it s Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) like why don t you just write a novel Just write a novel and stop torturing meShort stories make me psychoticBut somehow someway Ioved Lin s story Sincerity about a couple of aspiring writers in college who fall in and out of ove It s the perfect cross of Charlie Kaufman Woody Allen and JD SalingerI couldn t get into any of the other stories but it was worth reading for this one aloneThough his face was turned away he sort of forced a grin anyway He hated it when people got so inured that they went around being sarcastic without ever changing their facial expression It was inhumanWhat did it mean to believe in one self Wasn t that just a sneaky way of proclaiming yourself God It was and Aaron especially did not believe in anything as vague and cliched and with as many capitalization rules as God i ve read "Every Book Tao Lin Has Published And "book tao in has published and decided bed exemplifies what s at the core of everything One Touch of Scandal like this is his thesis statement as an author actually immediately after writing that i decided no definitely not any of his books could be his thesis statements that s part of his appeal to me though these stories feelike anthems for self condemned ed Bulletproof Feathers lyonely who tentatively hope for something better whatever that something may be despite a general Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store lack of evidence from the as my buddy camusikes to say benign indifference of the worldthe sometimes paragraph Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 length sentences in bed feel deliberately paced to involve the reader in the thought processes of their characters which results in this kind of unsettling meta sensation ie am i reading about fictional characters am i reading taoin s thoughts am i reading what tao Chameleon Hours lin wants me to think his thoughts are and does he want me to think these people are fictional or himself i know bed is probably realistically a combination of all of those things which is what iiked most about reading it. R kind of ove or something better than ove things which much ike the Lock Ness Monster they know probably do not exist but are rud to exist and therefore good enoug.