""Taipei" mashes up the literatures of intoxication (a la Irvine Welsh) and ennui (a la Bret Easton Ellis) to produce a surprisingly clearheaded cautionary tale about a drug-loving young Taiwanese-American art-and-book-world scenester trying to navigate the more consequential realms of family, romance, and adulthood."--"ELLE
"Tao Lin [is] an excellent writer of avant-garde fiction. His new novel is his most mature work, and follows a young New York writer to Taipei, where he must reconcile his family's roots with the haze of MDMA, texts and tweets that he's been living in. Mr. Lin has refined his deadpan prose style here into an icy, cynical, but ultimately thrilling and unique literary voice."--"New York Observer"
"With "Taipei "Tao Lin becomes the most interesting prose stylist of his generation." --Bret Easton Ellis
"Tao Lin has made a distinctive career out of sticking to his guns, his guns being the ultra-high-res self-consciousness that characterizes our lives but which we routinely ignore in our lives and in our art. In "Taipei" he is a constant microscope, examining a world of miniature gestures, tiny facial movements, hands in motion, shrugs, nods, twists, ticks, flicks and snaps, a world in which the barrage of information we take in moment by moment is simultaneously cataloged, interpreted, cross-referenced, recorded, and filed. "Taipei" is a paean to the minutely examined life, where what is examined is every twitch, flinch, jerk, spasm, tremor, and tic, every high-speed half-formed thought, everything that we routinely consider meaningless and inessential. Here all that is turned on its head and becomes central and predominate, fundamental to being. There is no mistaking that we live a new, ultra self-conscious life, skating on the surface of things while overlaying that surface with a facsimile of the "old life" in which traditional values retain their power and majesty. What is fascinating about Tao Lin's fiction is his willishow more