Posts Tagged ‘Tao Lin’

Eat When You Feel Sad

Published February 11, 2010 by Molly

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Eat When You Feel Sad by Zachary German is a novel about watching television, feeding a cat, microwaving veggie burgers, Gchatting, riding a bike, drinking orange juice, wishing for a girlfriend, listening to music, brushing one’s teeth and getting mustard on one’s clothes. It’s written with the kind of exacting detail we usually associate with instruction manuals or a child’s recollection of a dream, although it’s actually neither.

Tao Lin rhapsodizes on the book’s back cover: “Moving, funy, emotional and—in a revolutionary way—both highly-readable and avant-garde, Eat When You Feel Sad excites me very much in terms of literature and also life itself.”

Novels, as they say, can come in many forms.

Brandon Scott Gorrell

Published June 23, 2009 by Molly


The descriptor “outsider”– as in “outsider art” or “outsider music”–is a loaded adjective. Whatever you think it means (and even if that’s “nothing”), we can all agree that it points to some indefinable quality of strangeness in a work. Any definition beyond that gets thorny.

Safe to say, then, that Brandon Scott Gorrell is working in the vein of the outsider artist. His full-length book of poetry, during my nervous breakdown i want to have a biographer present is a thoroughly confounding collection of pieces with titles like “gmail” and “today i empathized with the top of a tower”. It is either extremely easy to understand or extremely befuddling; I’m still not sure which. Published by Muumuu House, Gorrell’s work feels like the kind of poetry that very few people will like but those few people will like it immensely. Faint praise? No, just praise with an advanced warning.

Micro-Questionnaire: Tao Lin

Published May 19, 2009 by Molly


BREAKING! Welcome to the inaugural edition of a series of Where the Wild Things Are micro-questionnaires, where various captivating individuals will examine their thoughts about the subject for your delight.

First up is Tao Lin, the author / businessman / scoundrel behind several books, a publishing house, and a blog. Here are his thoughts.

Did you encounter
Where the Wild Things Are as a child?

I remember feeling aware of its presence in maybe every Doctor’s office or Dentist waiting room. Feels like I have memories of it being even inside Doctor’s offices, next to containers of cotton swabs or something. I just had an image of it being framed on a wall in a Doctor’s personal office next to a framed diploma or physicians certificate.

I see.
When you see the word “children”, what do you think of?

Small, cute groups of white toy poodles “jogging” in a forward direction over a neat, very green field of grass in a park in Florida with a camera “panning” around them in the air, from fifty feet above, in the style of romantic comedy montages.

Thank you, Tao.

I am happy to have been solicited for this.


Published May 2, 2009 by Molly


Tao Lin is either a shameless prankster or a living, locomoting piece of conceptual art, depending on your perspective. Lin, who lives in Brooklyn, is the author of numerous novels (his first is titled Eeeee Eee Eeee), a book of poetry and a book of short stories. He runs a small press called Muumuu House, blogs, tweets, and sells things when he’s not writing for eight hours a day on the public computers at NYU’s library. Right now he’s shilling his private MySpace account on eBay.

God knows what else he’s up to. Well, maybe God knows.