Provocative young author to speak in DUMBO

From Vintage and Anchor Books/Random House
Tao Lin will celebrate the release of his novel “Taipei” at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on June 5. Photo by Noah Kalina

From one of this generation’s most talked about, controversial, and hardest working young writers comes a novel about failed relationships, drug-induced depression, marriage, and death.

Combining Bret Easton Ellis’s reckless characters with Siddhartha’s continually unsuccessful, earnest attempts at some kind of transcendence, “Taipei” by Tao Lin is an ode – or lament – to the way we live now. Lin will appear in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 5, to celebrate the release of his novel at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.

Following Paul from New York, where he carefully navigates Manhattan’s art and literary scenes, to Taipei, where he confronts his family’s roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into a wedding in Las Vegas. Along the way, movies are made with laptops cameras, massive amounts of drugs are ingested, and two young lovers come to learn what it means to share yourself completely. The result is a meditation on memory, love, death, and what it means to be young, ambitious, and on the fringe in America, or anywhere else for that matter.

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 stories and poems have been anthologized, including in the Mississippi Review 30 Year Anthology; he has lectured on writing and visual art at Kansas City Art Institute, Columbia College Chicago, Vassar, Pratt, Duke, LSU, and other universities, including Sarah Lawrence’s graduate writing program. He is the founder and editor of the literary press Muumu House, and his work has been translated into twelve languages. He lives in Manhattan.

The June 5 event will begin at 7 p.m. powerHouse is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO.

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