Tao Lin

7 10 2009

tao lin

Get to know Tao Lin, author most recently of Shoplifting from American Apparel, through this wonderful interview he did with the Rumpus. He is an intriguing figure, in that he has cultivated a rabidly self-promoting online persona and in many interviews seems to dares you to write him off as vapid and nihilistic, but seems to be, in reality, a hard-working, earnest, shy writer with very interesting ideas. Not to mention this vapid nihilist has for literary influences the decidedly human and moral writers Lorrie Moore and Joy Williams, amongst others. The interview linked to above best shows his “serious” side, as he would scare-quote it. For a taste of his “comedic” side, or “snarky” side, check out The Levels of Greatness a Fiction Writer Can Achieve in America. Also see his blog here.

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