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  • Copyright: 2007-04-01
  • Publisher: Melville House
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College students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny's, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska/punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City, and go to the same Japanese restaurant in Manhattan three times in two sleepless days, all while yearning constantly for love, a better kind of love, or something better than love, things whichmuch like the Loch Ness Monsterthey know probably do not exist, but are rumored to exist and therefore "good enough."

Author Biography

Tao Lin's writing has appeared in the Mississippi Review, the Cincinnati Review, Punk Planet, Bear Parade, Other Voices, Nerve, and Noon. He is the winner of the One Story short story contest and New York University's undergraduate creative writing prize, and is the author of a poetry chapbook entitled You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am, which won the Action Books prize. His blog is called "Reader of Depressing Books." He was born in Virginia in 1983, grew up in Florida, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Love is a thing on sale for more money than there existsp. 8
Three-day cruisep. 32
Suburban teenage wasteland bluesp. 60
Sincerityp. 88
Love is the indifferent god of the religion in which universe is churchp. 124
Cull the steel heart, melt the ice one, love the weak thing; say nothing of consolation, but irrelevance, disaster, and nonexistence; have no hope or hate - nothing; ruin yourself exclusively, completely, and whenever possiblep. 158
Nine, tenp. 192
Insomnia for a better tomorrowp. 234
Sasquatchp. 256
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