As the foremost chronicler of the young novelist Tao Lin’s every whim, The Observer was hoping we might break the story of Tao Lin’s next book deal, which he announced he was shopping a couple weeks back. Then, on a Sunday when our moods were already dampened by incessant rain and the looming prospect of Monday, Mr. Lin wrote to inform us that we had lost the story to Mike Vilensky at The Wall Street Journal. So he granted us an interview.
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Last December, novelist Tao Lin published a to-do list for the year 2011 in Paper magazine.
“Gain literary agent representation from Bill Clegg for ’120,000-word/concrete-literal memoir of Mar. 2009 to Dec. 2010 that uses real names and has a large, guidebook-like index,” one of the wish-list entries read.
He anticipated this Read More
There is a polemic up at ChristWire.org about Tao Lin and Megan Boyle’s new movie, Mumblecore.
Headlined “Satanic Hipster Tao Lin Makes Sinful Snuff Film ‘Mumblecore,’” it’s important remember, as at least one commenter failed to, that ChristWire.org is in the fake news business. Tao Lin internet loyalists do Read More
We were looking forward to Part Two of Christopher Frizzelle’s “Confronting Tao Lin’s Publisher, Part One” column in the Seattle Stranger. In an email to us Mr. Lin has already more or less denied, or at least hedged, Mr. Frizzelle’s assertion that Dennis Johnson, the publisher of Melville House, did not support Read More
Christopher Frizzelle, the books columnist for the Seattle Stranger (which famously mocked Jonathan Franzen’s appearance on the cover of Time with a profile of Tao Lin, written by Tao Lin) has now come to Mr. Lin’s defense in an alleged dispute between the writer and Dennis Johnson, his publisher at Read More
The Observer was sitting at his desk on Saturday afternoon. He clicked the tab for Twitter on his Web browser. Five Tweets down on his Timeline he saw a Tweet by @Beach_Sloth that read, http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/tao-lin-and-megan-boyle-of-mdma-films-are-married/ @xsssy @heusar @tao_lin @meganboyle Congrats newly weds!
The Observer thought, “It’s good that Tao and Megan got Read More
George W. Bush’s memoir Decision Points landed in stores last November to the requisite curiosity and instant relaying of anything relatively juicy. But Decision Points was never looked at as a book – even Michiko Kakutani, in The New York Times, barely addressed the prose styles of our former commander in chief. Read More
Profiles, literature, Lit Profiles
Having already published the definitive profile of author Tao Lin by experimenting with his flamboyantly deadpan style, The Observer had a neutral facial expression when it discovered today’s oddly earnest piece about Tao Lin’s new book Richard Yates in none other than the Associated Press. The story does make Tao Lin seem a Read More
“The dialogue will begin when b. 1983, in a moment of ‘vague, somewhat drug-induced, existential inattention,’ sort of waiting for two or three people to ‘text him back’ while not completely aware whose ‘turn’ it actually is to ‘text [someone] back,’ mostly only aware, sort of sleepily, though not ‘feeling sleepy,’ of not being aware Read More