If you track 26 year-old writer Tao Lin’s
literary trajectory via his Internet presence and self-promotional
stunts, it’s easy to get the sense that he’s on the brink of something
really big. The Brooklyn-based author’s follower-to-followees ratio on
Twitter is steadily climbing, his MySpace account was recently
purchased for a ludicrous sum of $8,100 by an investment banker, and
the buzz surrounding his latest work, a novella called Shoplifting From American Apparel, appears to trump that of his prior writings (two poetry collections, a book of short stories and a novel called Eeeee Eee Eee) in both sheer volume and praise.