August 15th, 2011 / 9:51 am
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Tao Lin’s next novel, reportedly titled Taipei, Taiwan, has been sold to Vintage. More info at the Observer, “I honestly feel, to a large degree, like me and everyone else are close to death and that the awareness of this has, to me, precluded thoughts of “making it” (this is a theme of the novel).”

147 Comments

  1. shaun gannon

      man i hope so

      ill explain how i feel below

      edit: in full

  2. M. Kitchell

      ne neither :*(

  3. shaun gannon

      so i feel like im sort of ‘adrift’ in this whole social thing where ppl are like ‘connecting’ whether its on gchat or facebook chat or msn messenger or camfrog but when i log into one of these i get rly anxious and sort of feel like im ‘not there’ and im watching me be there and then i worry that im actually a ghost because its happened before but then i realize nobodys talked to me yet so then i get more anxious and i wonder if ghosts get anxious then what if a ghost gets too anxious is that what makes a poltergeist because i really dont want to do that to my roommates so i just log out and lie down on my bed focusing really hard on not making the walls collapse or the tv bleed and usu i do okay but sometimes ‘not’

  4. elaine

      effin htmlgiant bleak ass dark void

  5. stephen

      i dont relate to that, shaun… tbh

  6. shaun gannon

      elaine

  7. shaun gannon

      oh okay well thanks for trying steve i can see you did your best

  8. stephen

      shaun… we’ve talked about this… i give a lot out… and u give… i mean u give a LOT out… but… it’s just never enough… and… i just dont know if its worth it.. we’re different ppl… thats the thing… were not the same..person. physically. we’re literally two differennt ppl

  9. stephen

      elaine… it’s not going to be ok

  10. elaine

      you are shaun gannon king of beers

  11. shaun gannon

      im not the one who wanted to be two different people stephen dont bring that into this unless you want me to call you on it. thanks in advance.

  12. M. Kitchell

      bro…

  13. shaun gannon

      elaine

  14. Mj

      Damn man. The dude’s been given 50k for a book. Technically man, not just for a book but an idea of a book. Or perhaps the promise of a book. Whatever. This is incredible. And all the majority of you can do is hate? Cot dayum. Seriously. If someone gave you 50k for a project, there is a high probability *someone* is not going to like it. So, you know, picture yourself and then try to keep hating.

  15. stephen

      shaun… we discussed that we wouldn’t discuss this in public… so youre breaking the ground rules and idk even.. what do i do with that

  16. shaun gannon

      you go fuck yourself with that okay

  17. shaun gannon

      see it looks like m. gets me stephen

      i think ill talk to him instead

      so m.

      u got cam?

  18. stephen

      i fell off the couch. trying to get back up.

  19. elaine

      stephen. i am wearing a bright eyes shirt it has upside down crosses on it

  20. stephen

      wtf..

  21. stephen

      i dont care.

  22. shaun gannon

      know what forget it im going to go get sushi

  23. Guest

      Rough draft for Tao Lin’s next novel, folks.  Right here.  

  24. M. Kitchell

      i got cam but my mom is home so no sounds okay u have 2 b real quiet 2

  25. elaine

      effing…shaun gannon u gonna share some of dat sushi?

  26. elaine

      omg…..omg

  27. Guest

      Yeah, people are hating because of the money.  Get the fuck out of here. 

  28. M. Kitchell

      realistically i think people are hating because they don’t think tao lin should be getting 50k instead of idk some other writer so yeah they are hating on the money but it’s not like they’re hating b/c tao lin is “selling out” they’re hating because they don’t think he deserves 50k different story bros

  29. Guest

      Well, those people are stupid if they’re just realizing that the least-deserving people often “get money.” 

      This is the first I’ve even heard of such a large advance, and I couldn’t care less. Means nothing insofar as my beliefs about this brand of moronic, privileged nihilism passing itself off as “literature.”

  30. shaun gannon

      omg the sushi place wasnt even open even though on yelp it said there open til 2 i went there and the sign said 10pm i had to go to taco bell and get three nachos bell grande no meat no cheese no sour cream. someone tell me how my life could be any worse right now

  31. shaun gannon

      elaine

      no

      see the tragic tale above for the why

  32. stephen

      shaun

  33. stephen

      come back

  34. shaun gannon

      what do you want from me. what else could i possibly give you.

  35. elaine

      um tldr

  36. shaun gannon

      thats ok we can do sound off so uhh do u use Creative Live Cam Pro lets meet in one of their rooms

  37. shaun gannon

      thats ok we can do sound off so uhh do u use Creative Live Cam Pro lets meet in one of their rooms

  38. shaun gannon

      dont

      even

  39. shaun gannon

      oh my fucking god right now

  40. J.C.

      Well, those people are stupid if they’re just realizing that the least-deserving people often “get money, fuck bitches, smoke trees.”

  41. M. Kitchell

      i don’t think it’s a recent realization for most people.  seems like it makes sense to be mad or w/e if someone gets 50k and u think that 50k should have gone elsewhere. 

  42. Guest

      I think it’s important to note that a defender for Lin was the first one to mention money on the thread. 

  43. Guest

      I think it’s important to note that a defender for Lin was the first one to mention money on the thread. 

  44. dole

      no, felt stressed about the child actor names

  45. alan

      Oh. Well, it’s not about Richard Yates.

  46. Cvan

      You shouldn’t have said that in public.  Now Tao Lin has the first chapter for his new book.

  47. Zacgerman

      it would be better if you weren’t a faggot vegan.