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"A revolutionary."-The Stranger

"Stimulating and exciting."-The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"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-author of the underground sensation Eeeee Eee Eeee-continues his deadpan existential-slapstick style with poems featuring titles such as: "I will learn to love a person and then I will teach you and then we will know"and "hamsters are heads with little characteristics on the head, part one."

It is, in short, a book of poetry in which the author attempts in a calm, sympathetic, and at times sarcastic tone, to explain to himself the possible origins and cures of anger, worry, frustration, obsession, and confusion-while concurrently experiencing those things.

Tao Linis the poetry editor for 3 a.m. magazine, and proprietor of the blog Reader of Depressing Books. His stories and poems have appeared in Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, Other Voices, Punk Planet, and many other magazines. Lin, author of the novel Eeeee Eee Eeeeand the short story collection Bed, was born in 1983.

Synopsis:

In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy a 23-year-old person attempts to explain to himself the possible origins, ends, and cures of anger, worry, despair, obsession, and confusion, while concurrently experiencing those things in various contexts including a romantic relationship, a book of poetry, and the arbitrary nature of the universe.

About the Author

Tao Lin was last year's winner of NYU's Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize. He is the poetry editor for 3 a.m. magazine, and proprietor of the book blog ReaderofDepressingBooks.com. His stories and poems have appeared in Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, Other Voices, Punk Planet, and many other magazines. Tao was born in 1983.

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Cyrus Lee, May 18, 2008 (view all comments by Cyrus Lee)
In this moving book, the poet describes learning about the depths of his own hostility and self-delusion when an NYU dean forces him into mental health counseling following charges of stalking a female classmate who had reportedly rebuffed his advances. In therapy, Lin's conflicted feelings about his Taiwanese immigrant parents come to the fore -- his father was a Florida university physics professor who abandoned academia to start a company that claimed to have a patent for curing middle-age farsightedness; however, both Lin's parents perpetrated a fraud on stockholders and investors in order to support the poet's lavish Orlando upbringing, and Dr. Lin later served time in federal prison as his wife fled the country in order to avoid numerous civil lawsuits. The poet's anger over his parents' betrayal, he learns from his gentle therapist, Dr. Sally McKeon, are at the root of his need to lash out at people and his inability to form lasting or even fleeting friendships. In the final poem sequence, Lin movingly details how, taking his therapists' advice, he went to his NYU accuser and the many others with whom he'd had contentious relationships, and apologized for his immature, selfish behavior, assuring them (and himself) that he is no longer the "infantile clod of selfishness" that he was just a few years before. A beautiful book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933633480
Author:
Lin, Tao
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
175
Dimensions:
7.45x5.46x.28 in. .24 lbs.

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