Tao Lin is my favorite author! His writing is so fresh and has insightful observations and also has a dash of totally random, unrelated things out of nowhere to keep you engaged! This is a collection of short stories and easy reading, highly recommended! Good book to start if you haven't read Tao Lin before.
Wait, I should write more in this review, right? I re-read it a long time ago just to write this review, but then I got too lazy to write it! But I did quickly glance over the book, so one story, for example, is called, "Suburban Teenage Wateland Blues" and is about a young man (23 years old) who shelves books at the library, and then gets invited by a library volunteer who is in high school and is volunteering for community credit to go throw toilet paper around people's homes with her friends.
p. 10: "Life, people learned, was not easy. Life was not cake... You, the botched clone of you, the Miami Dolphins; Coco-Puffs, paper plates, a dwindling supply of clam juice. That was life."
p. 19: "An older man - a professor? - stood and made the case that the terrorists did not want any new friends, had enough friends already, too many actually; that what they really wanted was romantic love."
p. 52: "Death is the plural of deaf, " says Paul. "It's when everything goes deaf."
pp. 68-69: "But was this how you went about getting a life? You went bowling, some other things happened, and then finally, you were awarded a life?""