Sunday, February 25, 2007

Kasey reveiws Tao

Kasey reviews Tao's book here. I like the way the review approximates Tao's voice. I'm doing it too.

But who the hell is Tom Green? Is he that comedian who made a movie about having sex with cows or something like that?


Blogger François Luong said...

He's an American comedian. I think he used to be married to Drew Barrymore or something.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Tao Lin said...

he's from canada

8:14 PM  
Blogger Amish Trivedi said...

Also, he makes up his own songs for the show he had on MTV. And he's missing a testicle.

Family Guy parodies him sucking on a cows udder asking if anyone thinks he's funny *yet*.

The answer being a resounding no.

8:23 AM  
Blogger dadadada said...

well, i don't share kasey's excitemnt for the book as much as for the act of publishing it. the book is a solid reflection of a TON of writing going on now both in and out of poetry; a voice for a voice. the real artisitic gesture of the book is that it was published. i give credit and art more to the act aknowledging it than to the book itself. in a journalistic sense i guess;the publishing of it reflects an eye for a story, and the recognition of the story is the story.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Johannes said...


Perhaps you could point me toward some of all this other writing going on.

It is interesting though to note the way literary history is written, the publishing stage is usually overlooked. Starting a press has certainly made me aware of this.

2:46 PM  
Blogger François Luong said...

I don't quite see where dadada is coming from, really. I mean, I don't see many people using like Tao Lin, with the exception of Ellen Kennedy and Noah Cicero (who happen to be Tao's friends). Tao's book is one of my favorite books published last year (and my second favorite Action Books, after The Hounds of No) because its use of voice is consistent while being completely subversive, in that it doesn't quite fall into a "theological" model of writing (what Silliman calls the SoQ) or into the anti-voice position of LangPo.

As an aside, most of my non-poet friends also love this book. Such as this photo of a friend in San Francisco reading it.

3:08 PM  
Blogger François Luong said...

What I mean to say is that this position might not be original in itself, but the dialectic it creates does.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Amish Trivedi said...

I agree with François. Sitting in with Tao's book literally next to me, I can say I know no one else doing what's he's doing. In fact, what's got me most is that I have no idea how he's doing it. And that's really what's upsetting me.

Damn you, Tao!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Tao Lin said...

i think this is a little like my poetry book

dadadada, i agree that the act of publishing my work is notable

i think it was nice of action books to publish my book, i think most people would not publish my book but think it was 'immature' or 'teenager-ish,' or 'lacking depth' or something

thank you for publishing my book

amish and francios, thank you

10:36 PM  

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