Tao Lin - you are a little bit happier than i am
“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.”
Tao Lin: I like people also. I also hate people with an intense but ultimately redemptive passion of ten thousand hamster friends. I hope you understand what I mean. Ha Jin wouldn't. I've enjoyed this interview so far. I like talking about Ha Jin.
I think my blend of emotion and language was inspired by Ha Jin. One of my favorite writers is Ha Jin. I've read his novel War Trash almost one and a half times. It's really nice. I mean it looks nice. It has a good cover.
From you are a little bit happier than i am:
some of my happiest moments in life occur on AOL messenger
i will create a new category
on my instant messenger buddy list
i will call it
‘people i like who don’t like me back’
and i will move your screen name into that group
and i will invite you to my house and show you
and you will say, ‘if i didn’t like you why did i come over’
and you will look at my face
and i will have an honest answer for your question
i will tell you that you came over to be polite
and after a while you will go home
and you won’t call
and i won’t either
and after a while i won’t like you anymore
and after a while we’ll forget each other
and after a while you will be beautiful and alone inside your coffin
and i’ll be cold and alone inside my coffin
Appreciate Me For Everything Good I Have Done In The Past
When you die, the world changes
into a funhouse. The funhouse is far away. It collapses
at the speed of light.
I just made that up.
I live in a high-density urban area.
I am hard-working,
detail-oriented, an excellent multi-tasker.
My demeanor in social situations
can be described as ‘low-level panic attack.’
I am honest, tactful, and ironic.
I enjoy screaming. I think it’s funny when people scream.
I think the Nobel Prize is funny.
“I am going to email a shitload of people tonight.” I think that’s funny.
I feel angry. No I don’t. I am bored.
I don’t understand how a number can be negative. One apple
looks like one apple. What does negative-one apple look like?
The world is stupid.
The world I exist in
is really stupid.
I can prove it
at night. In the park, at night,
I can prove anything.