Taipei For most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. Taipei marks… Taipei For most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. Taipei marks… 2013-06-04 Fiction Vintage
Book Review

Taipei (2013)

Taipei by Tao Lin
Taipei by Tao Lin
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 04, 2013; Writer: Tao Lin; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Vintage

For most of his young career, the 29-year-old Lin has been high on concept (among other things) but relatively low on mainstream accessibility. Taipei marks his first release with a major publisher, and perhaps his strongest work to date. The story centers on Paul, a twentysomething New York writer not unlike the author, as he drifts through his cyber-centric surroundings. The novel isn't really about anything — Paul mainly wanders around his hyper-millennial world, dabbling in this and that — but Lin's strength is his ability to zoom in on scenes, observing life one pixel at a time. B+

Originally posted Jun 19, 2013 Published in issue #1265 Jun 28, 2013 Order article reprints