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Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin
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May 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: literature, nonfiction
Recommended to Matthew by: Tao Lin
Read on May 12, 2011 — I own a copy

I finally got around to reading this after Tao sent me a free copy when I retweeted a plug for Richard Yates at his behest.

There is a weird amount of hype and hate surrounding this, but I liked it well enough. Stylistically I find it very appealing and pleasant in a sort of bare-bones, stripped-to-the-core way. The author's description on the front jacket is succinct: "two parts shoplifting arrest, five parts vague relationship issues."

This is an interesting thing to read after having just finished a nonfiction Hemingway book, where he talks over and over about writing something that is true and so on. "Shoplifting..." felt like that to me, it felt very observational and objective, which in its own strange way appealed to me.
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