Shoplifting From American Apparel
Set mostly in Manhattan, Lin's highly anticipated debut autobiographical novella, spanning two years in the life of a young, hip writer with a cult following, is destined to become a classic text. The narrative darts across many locations, inspired by a rich host of cultural and literary icons such as Bret Easton Ellis, Moby and Ghost Mice. With dexterity and a cutting-edge cultural fluency, Lin explores themes of class, culture and art through the funny and existential narrative of his protagonist.
Praise for Tao Lin's "Shoplifting From American Apparel"
"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
"A humorous reflection on the instantaneity of Internet-era life and relationships.... The writing stays fresh, thanks to occasional oddball dialogue about everything from Oscar Wilde to what exactly constitutes a fight with a girlfriend. And for all his meandering prose, there's something charming about Lin's directness. Writing about being an artist makes most contemporary artists self-conscious, squeamish and arch. Lin, however, appears to be comfortable, even earnest, when his characters try to describe their aspirations (or their shortcomings).... Purposefully raw."
--"Time Out New York"
"Lin's candid exploration of Sam's Web existence (and by extension, his own) is full of melancholy, tension, and hilarity... Lin is a master of pinpointing the ways in which the Internet and text messages can quell loneliness, while acknowledging that these faceless forms of communication probably created that loneliness to begin with."
--"The Boston Phoenix"
"Somehow both stilted and confessional.... often funny.... Lin is doing his best to capture a mid-twenties malaise, a droning urban existence that--in the hands of a mildly depressed narrator--never peaks nor pitches enough to warrant drama. In a way, it makes more sense to think of Tao Lin as a painter or performance artist; his work attempts to evoke through persistent, dull-edged provocation."
--"Time Out Chicago"
"Uniquely sad, funny, and understated in all the right ways. In his most autobiographical work yet, Tao Lin has once again created a book that will polarize ctitics, but reward his fans."