Episode 180 — Tao Lin (Part 1)


Tao Lin is the guest. His new novel, Taipei, is now available in trade paperback from Vintage Contemporaries.  (Photo credit: The Stranger.)

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says

For all its straightforwardness, Lin’s previous work—with its flat, Internet-inspired prose issued by small presses—has presented a stumbling stone for readers who fall outside his North Brooklyn contingent, for whom he is the standard bearer. This will change with the breakout Taipei, a novel about disaffection that’s oddly affecting. . . . Everything about Taipei appears to run contrary to the standard idea of what constitutes art. And yet, the documentary precision captures the sleepwalking malaise of Lin’s generation so completely, it’s scary. . . . Yet for all its emotional reality, Taipei is a book without an ounce of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing, making the glacial Lin (Richard Yates) the perfect poster child for a generation facing—and failing to face—maturity.

And Bret Easton Ellis says

With Taipei Tao Lin becomes the most interesting prose stylist of his generation.

**Part 1 of a 2-part interview.  Part 2 will go live on Sunday, June 9, 2013.**

Monologue topics:  Terence McKenna, telepathy, language, evolution, death, getting [your] act together.