Shoplifting from American Apparel

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In a work that’s sure to be controversial, the American Murakami describes a youth culture attacking the mainstream mindset with scathing wit and ferocious optimism.

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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.

'A revolutionary.' —The Stranger (Seattle)

'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 at Atomic Books in Baltimore, MD from Melville House on Vimeo.

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Author Tao Lin
Publisher Melville House Publishing
Page Count 112pp
Publication Size 6 x 9
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date September 17, 2009
ISBN 978-1933633787

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