Tao Lin: Shoplifting from American Apparel

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shoplifting.jpgShoplifting from American Apparel (Melville House)

Although he has had five books published -- two novels, a book of stories and two books of poems — Tao Lin is not yet thirty. Yet, for all his industriousness, his work expresses the apathy and emptiness felt by many members of his generation. The name of his blog, "Reader of Depressing Books," says it all -- or most of it. Here, we discuss the difference between apathy and indifference and the possibility that a Buddhist sense of passive acceptance underlies his work.

Read an excerpt from Shoplifting from American Apparel.