Friday, April 20, 2007

My New Favorite MFA Program

If you haven't checked in on Tao Lin lately, do! His two new books are coming out in May from Melville House , a simultaneous release of the novel EEEEE EEE EEEE and the collection BED. If you haven't had the experience of hearing him read, here's a sample, from the legendary KGB Bar (& thanks to 3AM for the link):



That smile! Which sneaks out, disarmingly, in his pauses. And that poem, "the MFA in hamsters," which had me in giggles today, but left left a melancholy aftertaste. A fresh voice not to be missed. It's rare, for me, to have such an emotional reaction to such a deadpan delivery. His inquiry is relentless. He holds up a funhouse mirror, and dares us to peer in with him, nervous laughter and all, to see the animal versions of ourselves.

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