Shoplifting from American Apparel

Shoplifting from American Apparel

Paperback Contemporary Art of the Novella

By (author) Tao Lin

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  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 103 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 173mm x 15mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 8 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Brooklyn
  • ISBN 10: 1933633786
  • ISBN 13: 9781933633787
  • Sales rank: 34,824

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Set mostly in Manhattan, this is Lin's debut autobiographical novella. From the VIP rooms of New York City's clubs to the University, back through China Town and down to Florida, the narrative darts across as many locations as it is inspired by a rich host of cultural and literary icons such as Bret Easton Ellis, Moby and Ghost Mice.

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Tao Lin was born in 1983, and raised in Orlando, Florida. In 2007 Melville House published his first two works of fiction, the short story collection "Bed," and the novel "Eeeee Eee Eeee," simultaneously. Lin quickly became an underground sensation with a huge cult following. In 2008, Lin published his poetry collection, "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy." It has been assigned as a text book in several college level psychology courses. His most recent novel, "Richard Yates," was published by Melville House in 2010.

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Praise for Tao Lin's "Shoplifting From American Apparel" "Tao Lin writes from moods that less radical writers would let pass--from laziness, from vacancy, from boredom. And it turns out that his report from these places is moving and necessary, not to mention frequently hilarious." --Miranda July, author of "No One Belongs Here More Than You " "A humorous reflection on the instantaneity of Internet-era life and relationships.... The writing stays fresh, thanks to occasional oddball dialogue about everything from Oscar Wilde to what exactly constitutes a fight with a girlfriend. And for all his meandering prose, there's something charming about Lin's directness. Writing about being an artist makes most contemporary artists self-conscious, squeamish and arch. Lin, however, appears to be comfortable, even earnest, when his characters try to describe their aspirations (or their shortcomings).... Purposefully raw." --"Time Out New York" "Lin's candid exploration of Sam's Web existence (and by extension, his own) is full of melancholy, tension, and hilarity... Lin is a master of pinpointing the ways in which the Internet and text messages can quell loneliness, while acknowledging that these faceless forms of communication probably created that loneliness to begin with." --"The Boston Phoenix" "Somehow both stilted and confessional.... often funny.... Lin is doing his best to capture a mid-twenties malaise, a droning urban existence that--in the hands of a mildly depressed narrator--never peaks nor pitches enough to warrant drama. In a way, it makes more sense to think of Tao Lin as a painter or performance artist; his work attempts to evoke through persistent, dull-edged provocation." --"Time Out Chicago" "Uniquely sad, funny, and understated in all the right ways. In his most autobiographical work yet, Tao Lin has once again created a book that will polarize ctitics, but reward his fans." --"largehearted boy" "A r