Taipei (Compact Disc)
June 2013 Indie Next List
“Taipei follows Paul, a young writer living in New York, over a period of several months as he wanders and stumbles his way through a world of drugs, anxiety, ennui, and desperation. Lin chronicles these experiences in a style that retains his recognizable dryness, but with an intense, thoughtful dedication to the articulation of Paul's thoughts and feelings. Taipei achieves a complexity only hinted at in Lin's previous work and finds an ideal balance between irony and sincerity. Funny and deeply intelligent, this new work by a 'deadpan literary trickster' is also genuinely moving.”
— Ami Tian, Ravenna Third Place, Seattle, WA
Taipei by Tao Lin is an ode-or lament-to the way we live now. Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he confronts his family's roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the Internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas. Along the way-whether on all-night drives up the East Coast, shoplifting excursions in the South, book readings on the West Coast, or ill-advised grocery runs in Ohio-movies are made with laptop cameras, massive amounts of drugs are ingested, and two young lovers come to learn what it means to share themselves completely. The result is a suspenseful meditation on memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.
About the Author
Tao Lin (1983-) is an American poet, novelist and short-story writer. You Are a Little Bit Happier than I amHe is the author of a novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee, and a story collection, Bed, which were published simultaneously by Melville House Publishing in May of 2007. He is also the author of two poetry collections, you are a little bit happier than i am, which won Action Books' December Prize in 2005 and was published in November of 2006; and cognitive-behavioral therapy, which was published in May, 2008. A chapbook of poetry, this emotion was a little e-book, and a chapbook of stories, Today the Sky is Blue and White with Bright Blue Spots and a Small Pale Moon and I Will Destroy Our Relationship Today, were published by the Internet press Bear Parade in 2006. His forthcoming books include a novella, Shoplifting from American Apparel, to be published September, 2009, and his second novel, Richard Yates, to be published early in 2010. Both books will be published by Melville House Publishing. Lin's work has appeared in literary journals and magazines such as NOON, Nerve, Vice, Esquire, The Stranger, 3: AM Magazine, The Mississippi Review, Bear Parade, The Cincinnati Review, Other Voices, Fourteen Hills, and Opium Magazine. He is the founding editor of Muumuu House, publishing gmail chats, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, both online and in print. Lin is also a co-editor of the literary press Ass Hi Books with Ellen Kennedy.
Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian who has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. He has had starring roles in over a dozen features and many short films. Kirby is also a cofounder and director of the Los Angeles based improv comedy group The Society.