Bed College students recent graduates and their parents work at Denny s volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida attend satanic ska punk concerts eat Chinese food with the homeless of New Yo

College students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny s, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City, and go to the same Japanese restaurant in Manhattan three times in two sleepless days, all while yearning constantly for love, a better kind of love, or something betCollege students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny s, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City, and go to the same Japanese restaurant in Manhattan three times in two sleepless days, all while yearning constantly for love, a better kind of love, or something better than love, things which much like the Lock Ness Monster they know probably do not exist, but are rud to exist and therefore good enough.

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  1. Tao Lin is the author of Trip Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change 2018 , Taipei 2013 , Richard Yates 2010 , Shoplifting from American Apparel 2009 , cognitive behavioral therapy 2008 , Eeeee Eee Eeee 2007 , Bed 2007 , you are a little bit happier than i am 2006 , and Selected Tweets 2015 He edits Muumuu House.

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  1. My friend and I went on a road trip this summer and she read Sasquatch, Nine Ten, and the story about the man who works at a library and sits in the back seat of a car driven by high school kids who either toilet paper or egg a house aloud to me I had already read Bed three years prior to the road trip, but wanted to read it again, and my friend expressed interest in reading something aloud together She would sometimes stop during the long sentences to regain focus and would ask me if she was do [...]

  2. I think I ve reached my threshold with hipster lit I optimistically continue to read books about people my age in New York and in this case, Florida who are miserable, but it never resonates in any sort of way that I feel is particularly literary, useful, or interesting I am likely missing huge symbolic meaning there were a number of recurring themes and objects including toy poodles , but overall it felt like faux depth As I finished up, I thought to myself, this guy would get along swimmingly [...]

  3. Tao Lin gets at some of those uncomforatble thoughts we have sometimes, and it makes you wonder if he has those thoughts himself or he just knows us all so well But he also makes you laugh, and reflect, and all of those good things books should do.

  4. I like this book I can read this book in any mood and enjoy it, I think The words all have meaning that my brain can process After I read the words I feel emotions Each sentence makes me feel emotion I will read this again later on and probably times later on.

  5. Tao Lin pushing pretentiousness to further heights Having an overbearing narrative voice does not mean you are a good writer Nothing can cover up bad writing.

  6. Tao Lin, I read your book.I liked it, for the most part It made me want to write, which a certain kind of fiction always does It reminded me of my own life at times As a fellow Floridian ex pat of roughly the same age, the Denny s references resonated I don t know if they resonated the same way for people not from Florida I guess it doesn t matter.I liked the stories in the following order Suburban Teenage Wasteland BluesCull the Steel Heart, Melt the Ice one, Love the Weak Thing Say Nothing of [...]

  7. I hate short stories so much I hate them All of them Even the good ones I always know a short story is going to end soon, so even if I sort of like it, I want it to end now I can t stand the uncertainty The constant thought of when will this end If you re going to end soon, just end now Do it Now Christ.Lately short stories aren t even short any They re so long it s like why don t you just write a novel Just write a novel and stop torturing me.Short stories make me psychotic.But somehow, someway [...]

  8. Tao Lin writes a blog called Reader of Depressing Books If Tao Lin were a Hollywood blockbuster his tag line would be Writer of Annoying Fiction Very tedious and exasperating A lot of the time I felt like what I was reading was less of a story and of an exercise in reduction, and not in a good way For me Lin s extreme minimalist approach had the effect of draining all the life out of the stories.There is way to much he did that then he did this then he went to this place and did another thing a [...]

  9. I liked the stories in Bed The characters made me feel like they exist in thinking about themselves I most liked reading the story about the punk band that showed disrespect for the dead with their song, Fuck World Trade.

  10. i ve read every book tao lin has published, and have decided bed exemplifies what s at the core of everything, like this is his thesis statement as an author actually, immediately after writing that i decided no, definitely not, any of his books could be his thesis statements that s part of his appeal to me, though these stories feel like anthems for self condemned ed ly lonely, who tentatively hope for something better whatever that something may be despite a general lack of evidence from the a [...]

  11. okay, i havent finished reading this yet, but even if the last couple stories totally suck i won t change anythingis is how immigrant fiction should be something to with being second generation but secretly i dont mean indierctly but secretly, like maybe you wouldnt even notice it if you weren t one, because it s about some universal nontrivial thing, which is felt by everyone but only exaggeratedly by the writer and his contemporariesso meaning no exotic names no foreign words no exploitation [...]

  12. just bought an uncorrected proof of this book at a flea market and it says in bold letters at the top, do not quote i guess i will not be quoting it.hoping for good things, and hey, if it gets tedious rather than great, there s always Eeeee Eee Eeee on the flip flop kinda been diggin on short stories and how powerful they can potentially be, so i have high hopes for this one.yay for double book books i ll replace this with a review when i actually reads some of it update 08.11.07 this book, alth [...]

  13. This collection of short stories must be a kick in the face for any conservative, religious, optimistic, or otherwise self deluding individual Luckily, though, a jaded, cynical sort of person such as myself can find solace in turning the pages of this book and laughing in an empathetic sort of way at the mishaps and awkward strangeness of its characters These people are contemplative, refreshing, and often arresting in their views of the world at hand It s the quirky way they observe their surro [...]

  14. This was the 3rd book of Tao Lin s that I have read this summer I suppose that I read them backwards as I began with his latest, Shoplifting From American Apparel , which I read in a single brief sitting, devouring it page by page in a fury I moved on to Eeeee Eee Eeee , his first full length novel, and finally this collection of short stories I enjoyed these stories, for the most part, than his extended works, partly because I found them a bit easier to follow, which is, I suppose, beside the [...]

  15. Uneven Which I don t mean as a bad thing, really Some of the stories in this collection are incredible, feel brand new even and are excitingly fresh to read Some of the moments in some of the stories are are unparalleled in their originality and in their aptness for depicting whatever it feels like to be a person at times But then some stories meander, some take the whole plotless thing way too far, some are just plain uninteresting But even those have flashes of brilliance.Seems like Tao Lin is [...]

  16. I got this book at a library sale for 50 cents and for some reason expected a lot from it Maybe because it was next to a Joan Didion book And I really wanted to like this Lin does some things very well Instead of just stating emotions, he usually shows them through actions He isn t afraid to write about states of mind that most of us don t want to dwell on boredom, depression, apathy He notices details And he s only a little older than me and has published tons of books, so he must be doing some [...]

  17. I don t even remember how I came to own a copy of Tao Lin s collection of short stories in Bed I think that I bought it on a completely random whim to have some short stories to read I ended up loving almost all of the stories in this book I don t like much contemporary stuff, but these stories are great When these were written, the author was 23 years old and explains he was only written stories from shear boredom All of his characters are lost, bored, self deprecating, lonely, under stimulated [...]

  18. Tao Lin, Bed Melville House, 2007 Eighties fiction still lives, and lives large, in the work of Tao Lin These stories are eighties fiction writ large, but with slightly contemporary settings to explore those same eighties fiction themes restlessness, alienation, ennui, and the like among the twentysomething generation The big problem with eighties fiction, of course, was how unsatisfying it was it takes all the angst of existential literature, but fails to inject any of the timelessness one exp [...]

  19. this book is a lil difficult to get through, cause lin goes off on certain tangents, but manages gets back on point His subtle lyrical prose flows and staggers and flows and staggers creating a disjointed reading experience These stories ooze with moody anger, alienated souls, lost kids and twenty somethings, lost souls, trapped in a mundane world that they struggle to get out of but are too lazy to do anything about it is a series of short stories that captures the generation of the lost, the t [...]

  20. After having read Tao Lin s blog my friend discovered it and shared it with me a while ago, which I am grateful for I expected his books to be cheerful and funny.They are funny, and somewhat cheerful as well, but also very different from what I expected.I don t know if this is a bad or good thing yet I think it s good I wanted to underline many sentences but sadly it isn t my copy of the book.I laughed out loud a few times and often read things that I wanted to share with people but then realize [...]

  21. Bed is a fantastic collection of short stories Lin is able to deftly create moods that capture the melancholy, depression, confusion, loneliness and despair of existence Many of the characters in the stories are twenty somethings trying to find love or happiness and struggling to figure out what it is to live They feel isolated and lost, dull and bored, unable to fit into what they feel a happy adult life should be This sounds like a depressing group of stories, but Lin is also darkly humorous, [...]

  22. i read the back cover at city lights bookstore and instantly decided i needed to read this.hope there was something hopeful about the back cover blurb lies i had to stop reading i was then 1 2 way through but i couldn t take it any or even skip to the next story that same mournful voice in each piece made me want to call it a day and slit my wristsat s not to say there are some beautiful sad moments that are written with great clarity and insight, but those moments are few and far between and t [...]

  23. The simultaneous publication of Tao Lin s debut story collection, Bed, and novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee, announces a harsh and absurd new voice in writing Employing Raymond Carver s poker face and Lydia Davis s bleak analytical mind, Lin renders ordinary but tortured landscapes of failed connections among families and lovers that will be familiar to anyone who has been unhappy The prose is poetic and downright David Lynch ian Time Out Chicago

  24. Tao Lin s tone is so bored and abstractly indifferent, I couldn t really take any of his stories seriously But that is fine with me Bed s stories are all about 20 year olds in existential crises Could they all be autobiographical to some degree Probably Like the characters in his stories and possibly like Tao himself, I read Bed with a sort of uncaring indifference it was there, so why not read it And for that, Tao s style and subject matter is quite alright.

  25. I still think that Shoplifting at American Apparel is my favorite Lin so far, but I still had a lot of fun with these stories Lin manages to have some pretty interesting stories while focusing on some pretty boring happenstances I think that shows some real talent there, and Lin manages to create some great moments in it He can be a bit confusing at times, even when you can understand what is going on, but you have to love the way he writes Definitely has a pattern all its own.

  26. One of Tao Lin s early books, published way back in 07 I enjoyed this collection of short stories and found many of them oddly affecting There s sadness and sincerity here true sincerity, not posturing sincerity This surprised me I d become used to his strange, distant way of reporting emotion rather than digging into it.Two small qualms 1 Overuse of the word wildly This is a personal pet peeve of mine 2 Improper spacing of ellipses.

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