Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Tao Lin

A New York occasions e-book Review Editor's Choice

"[A] modernist masterpiece. . . . real, his characters are adolescents residing in Brooklyn. And he writes in regards to the web. yet we must always cease calling Tao Lin the voice of his iteration. Taipei, his new novel, has much less to do together with his iteration than with the literary culture of Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Musil. . . . I cheerfully wrote "Proust" within the margin early on—because the hero, a tender author named Paul, takes one of these meta perspective towards his personal memories."—Benjamin Lytal, New York Observer

"Here we've got a major, quality novelist placing all his abilities to work."—Clancy Martin, New York occasions ebook Review

"Mr. Lin casts a spell in Taipei. . . . [It is] his most powerful publication. At its most sensible, it has far-off echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered via Twitter and Klonopin: it really is terse, impartial, composed of small and infrequently difficult gestures. . . . it is approximately glints of notion, glints that the writer catches as though they have been fireflies."—Dwight Garner, New York Times

"Amazing. . . . the simplest author approximately what it is wish to be f*cked up on medicinal drugs that i have ever read."—John Horgan, writer of The finish of Science

"One factor i love approximately Tao's writing is how irrelevant for me 'liking' it feels -- it is a frank depiction of the rhythm of a latest attention or loss of cognizance and so it has an influence that bypasses these questions of style completely. love it or no longer, it has the strength of the real."—Ben Lerner, writer of Leaving the Atocha Station

"[A] novel approximately disaffection that is oddly affecting. . . . for all its emotional truth, Taipei is a ebook with out an oz of self-pity, melodrama, or posturing."Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lin is an existential author, relatively, much less drawn to tracing the contours of his specific social team than in describing the very own and occasionally insufferable tyranny of one's personal brain. . . . the novel's climactic scene. . . . builds over a couple of pages to a revelation that, in its sheer unforeseen good looks, recollects the powerfully relocating finishing of David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress."Slate

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Or simply now not care. I don’t understand. What about—” “I imagine my perfect is, like, an identical, i believe, or—” “Really? ” acknowledged Erin. “Yeah,” acknowledged Paul, who used to be an inch taller than Erin and weighed rather less. “Oh,” acknowledged Erin anxiously. “Or, like—” stated Paul. “The same,” acknowledged Erin. “But i believe total it doesn’t subject that a lot. ” “Yeah,” acknowledged Erin. “Because Michelle …” “She appeared fairly skinny,” stated Erin. “I imagine what concerns to me such a lot, by way of that, is simply that issues aren’t getting worse. ” “Yeah,” stated Erin. “Me too. ” “I imagine i will get fixated on that neurotically. ” “I do with myself definitely,” acknowledged Erin. “You suggest for your self? ” “No,” stated Paul. “Other humans. ” “How do you suggest? ” “I can develop into fixated on it. ” “On, like, in what method? ” “On what the opposite individual weighs. ” “Oh,” stated Erin. “I think like it’s neurotic to a couple degree,” acknowledged Paul. “I don’t care that much,” stated Erin ambiguously. “If they weighed the precise i'd locate another neurotic factor to target. ” “You could locate whatever else to target? ” “Yeah,” stated Paul. “Like body-wise, or whatever else–wise? ” “Something else–wise. ” “Oh,” acknowledged Erin. “It’s now not an answer, or anything, to discover an individual with the ideal … but targeting no longer getting worse turns out advantageous to me. ” “Yeah,” acknowledged Erin. “Yeah,” acknowledged Paul slowly. “Yeah,” acknowledged Erin. “That turns out like …” “You need to specialize in whatever, and—” “7-Eleven,” stated Erin pointing. “Huh? ” stated Paul, distracted from the dialog for the 1st time considering that he heard the piano, and couldn’t have in mind what he’d desired to say. He Erin into 7-Eleven, feeling imponderable to himself, like his mind was once outdoor of him, exterior as a colour, capturing clear of its resource. “I think aggravated via the entire stuff going on,” stated Erin on a large sidewalk parallel to a four-lane highway, open air the realm of closed-off streets, round twenty mins later. “Or like I can’t pay attention to speaking. ” Paul had turn into quiet after 7-Eleven and had talked slowly and incoherently, he felt, on issues that didn’t curiosity him, with expanding calmness, and now felt peacefully catatonic, like anyone in a photo, with the exception of a strain to talk and a obscure expertise that he couldn’t take into account what Erin had final stated. “Do you're feeling whatever from the MDMA? ” “Yeah,” acknowledged Paul in a bored voice. “How do you're feeling? ” “About what? ” stated Paul. “Do you're feeling chuffed? Or do you're feeling what? ” “Right now? ” acknowledged Paul, as though stalling. “Yeah,” acknowledged Erin. “Yeah, happy,” stated Paul taking a look down a bit, conscious his face hadn’t moved in many years. “Physically uncomfortable a bit. i need to poop. ” “You what? What used to be the very last thing? ” “I are looking to poop,” mumbled Paul. “I suppose like i need to hit humans, a little,” acknowledged Erin grinning. “Let’s pass in a single of these places,” stated Paul slowly, with a sensation of no longer being ready to talk and never but understanding what he used to be announcing. He listened to what he’d acknowledged and pointed at a development that stated occasion international and, seeing his arm, in his imaginative and prescient, sensed he hadn’t carried his MacBook in many years and will provide to hold it quickly.

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