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We are even more “tao lin” right now


3:AM‘s Poetry Editor Tao Lin has been getting some deserved attention recently, including a radio spot where he was declared to be the “best guest ever” by Chris Evans. This follows Tao’s “controversial” announcement to sell off shares of his second US novel.

“If you don’t know what to do with your life, or even if you just want to relieve boredom for the 10-15 minutes it will take to send me a check or paypal me, or email me, I recommend that you buy shares of the royalties of my second novel. I recommend this because you will then know what to do for a while, and if you ever feel bored in the future, and own shares of my second novel, you know you can always promote me in order to make more money for yourself. You will never not know what to do with your life again if you own shares in my second novel, sort of. I think if Joy Williams was 25 and didn’t want to have a job anymore so she could work harder on her novel, and was selling shares of that novel, the main reasons I would purchase shares would be “it will be funny if I do it” and “at least it’s something different or something” and “I think I will feel less bored with life if I own shares of the royalties of a Joy Williams novel.”

Sadly, all shares have been snapped up, but there is a waiting list you can sign up to if someone drops out.

Reload: 3:AM‘s Tao Lin Week: Day One [‘Serious literature: a short film’] / Two [‘cognitive-behavorial therapy redux’: six unpublished pages] / Three [‘Serious word games’] / Four [‘Check out the brain stem on Tao: an interview] / Five [‘We are so “tao lin” right now’].

First posted: Thursday, August 7th, 2008.

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  1. well, jamie (my ex-editor at that place run by Frank Weimann) recommended you, but as far as I can see, you are just another short guy.

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