Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin
(The Contemporary Art of the Novella)

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Set mostly in Manhattan—although also featuring Atlantic City, Brooklyn, GMail Chat, and Gainsville, Florida—this autobiographical novella, spanning two years in the life of a young writer with a cultish following, has been described by the author as “A shoplifting book about vague relationships,” “2 parts shoplifting arrest, 5 parts vague relationship issues,” and “An ultimately life-affirming book about how the unidirectional nature of time renders everything beautiful and sad.”
 
From VIP rooms in hip New York City clubs to central booking in Chinatown, from New York University’s Bobst Library to a bus in someone’s backyard in a college-town in Florida, from Bret Easton Ellis to Lorrie Moore, and from Moby to Ghost Mice, it explores class, culture, and the arts in all their American forms through the funny, journalistic, and existentially-minded narrative of someone trying to both “not be a bad person” and “find some kind of happiness or something,” while he is driven by his failures and successes at managing his art, morals, finances, relationships, loneliness, confusion, boredom, future, and depression.
 

About Tao Lin

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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.
 
Published December 29, 2010 by Melville House. 108 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Those people suck.'" The conversation is reported with the usual novelistic markers of dialogue, and yet Luis and Sam are not in the same room;

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BC Books

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Tao Lin would have been a much more respectable proposition had he combined all his work together in a KLF style manual on 'how to develop a cult following without getting found out'.

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The Globe and Mail

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Tao Lin revels in the endless, foul-mouthed boredom of the hipster characters in his new novella. Readers might find it hard to do the same

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Austin Chronicle

Tao Lin is viewed as both the pied piper, leading the way to literature's afterlife following the death of print media, and as a hack.

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