College students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny's, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska/punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City, and go to the same Japanese restaurant in Manhattan three times in two sleepless days, all while yearning constantly for love, a better kind of love, or something better than love, things which—much like the Loch Ness Monster—they know probably do not exist, but are rumored to exist and therefore “good enough.”
“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
Tao Lin's writing has appeared in the Mississippi Review, the Cincinnati Review, Punk Planet, Bear Parade, Other Voices, Nerve, and Noon. He is the winner of the One Story short story contest and New York University's undergraduate creative writing prize, and is the author of a poetry chapbook entitled You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am, which won the Action Books prize. His blog is called "Reader of Depressing Books." He was born in Virginia in 1983, grew up in Florida, and currently lives in Brooklyn.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Melville House
ISBN 1933633263 ISBN13 9781933633268
Availability 0 units.
More About Tao Lin
Tao Lin is the author of the novels Richard Yates and Eeeee Eee Eeee, the novella Shoplifting from American Apparel, the story collection Bed, and the poetry collections cognitive-behavioral therapy and you are a little bit happier than i am. His work has been translated to twelve languages and he lives in Manhattan.
tao lin's bed is prolific in a way that separates him from the traditional style of today's modern contemporary authors. his loosely structured almost stream of conscious syntax and innovative diction emphasize the jaded apathy of his generation, characters who have at young ages resigned all hope of finding passion, and seem to exist only in the perpetual motion of living. they are accepting but child-like and seeking consolation in the seemingly insignificant, barren corners of insipid daily routine. with just the right balance of sardonic humor, numbness, and melancholy, tao lin's bed speaks to the beginning of a new literary movement.
in Apr 9, 2008
i enjoyed this book. buy this book as a present for another person or yourself. buy it, do it, do it. you will feel good and surprised, maybe, to have it arrive in the mail. to feel really good you ought to buy it from an independent publisher because then you'll help decrease suffering, i think. this book makes me want to be nice to everyone, especially people who i think i don't like, which is silly because not liking other people is like not liking yourself, which is also possible but self-defeatist, um why does not being self-defeatist matter, uh i feel confused right now.
Good job. Mar 11, 2008
I feel like a jerk for being surprised that such a young writer could do what Tao Lin does. The beginnings of the stories in Bed make me feel like I am an ant being picked up and dropped in a swimming pool in New Jersey. The middles and ends of the stories in Bed make me feel like I am an ant not quite dying for some reason, in a swimming pool in New Jersey, hearing muzak being piped in from underwater speakers. They are all slightly different from one another. They are all good.
YOU WILL SLEEP EASIER Aug 15, 2007
Bed is NOT a hospital bed, it is much much more than that. The goal it has tried to achieved is the usefullness of an adjustable bed coupled with the luxury of a top quality mattress. Bed is powered using the latest in German technology. What this means is Bed is very quiet when adjusting to it. Bed can be adjusted to for any number of purposes, I suppose people with medical conditions are in mind, but that said Bed would be ideal if you like to use your laptop in bed. Bed features two seperately adjustable single mattresses combined into one frame. This means you can adjust to Bed in one position while your partner can have it in another.
is this the garden? Apr 27, 2007
I was looking for the garden, but I guess since I am here I will tell you about this book. This book is unbridled imagination. If imagination were a horse, this book would be a pretty white horse in the middle of Mall of America, shy and blushing a little, alone and unable to handle the existential anxiety of free will. The horse would headbutt a Jamba Juice stand, then apologize, then accidentally do something beautiful, then listen to sarcastic punk music (almost like that Vandals song, People Who Are Going to Hell) until the horse's brain is a calm white sphere with red dots.
I heard there were tomatoes in the garden. Where is the garden? Thank you.