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message 50: by Tao

Tao Sarah wrote: "Tao Lin, do you know Deb Olin Unferth? I have taken a couple of classes with her...I think she mentioned you in class...something about talking to your girlfriend's mother?"

yes, i like deb


message 49: by Tao

Tao Bamboo wrote: "Were you at Bobst library yesterday (Thursday the 4th) in a pink shirt? "

maybe


message 48: by Tao

Tao Letters wrote: "I read your books 'Richard Yates', 'Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy', and 'Shoplifting in American Apparel'. They were pretty good books."

sweet


message 47: by Letters

Letters Journal I read your books 'Richard Yates', 'Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy', and 'Shoplifting in American Apparel'. They were pretty good books.


message 46: by Ruby

Ruby Emam Thanks for accepting me as your friend. WOW... You have so many friends and if I get lucky a couple of them might be interested in reading "The Little Black Fish" translated by Ruby Emam.


message 45: by W.B. (last edited Mar 10, 2009 02:28PM)

W.B. Have fun in Germany! I hope you have a better experience than the food than Snoop and his family did. That is reality t.v. knowledge I am sharing with you. I think it's like sharing reality knowledge with you. Just a little more displacement. Tell them you are a dissident and that the U.S. treats you horribly and maybe Europeans will feel bad and give you things free. Since they like hate us. Again.


Shadonna Thanks for the add. Have a great weekend!


message 41: by Saleh

Saleh Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.


Marlaina that's for allowing me to be your friend! thanks sweetie!


message 39: by e

e holy toe-lee-doh!
okay
I found this really trippy:
I was in the bookstore where I work flipping through a catalog of books-
and before my eyes I see a book entitled "eeeee eee eeee" which is weird because the name of my solo project is called eeeeeeee(myspace.com/ebojnowski) and everyone makes fun of my name. so I decided I had to order the book and I am reading it now and it totally embodies my eeeeeeee philosophies.
so ... thanks.



Y.Z. Chin Were you at Bobst library yesterday (Thursday the 4th) in a pink shirt?


message 37: by Sean

Sean Hi Tao. :)


message 36: by Tara

Tara Betts Hey,
I saw your book at the Union Square B & N, and I was like HEY I know him. Just thought I'd send you a shout.


message 35: by Jeremy

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.

-Jeremy


message 34: by Bradley

Bradley I like your userpic very much, but I am disappointed that you don't look like it.


message 33: by Jeremy

Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:
http://hauntedhousedressing.com/signe...


message 32: by Jeremy

Jeremy Hi Tao!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)


message 31: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:14PM)

Jeremy Hi Tao!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite novel of all time? Or novels?

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous friendships, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)


message 30: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:38PM)

Jennifer hello!


message 29: by Leah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:28PM)

Leah Hey, I came across the interview of you in Giant Robot... I'll be sure to check out your books sometime!


message 28: by Scott (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:00PM)

Scott Loved EEE. We should do a little animated thing sometime soon!


message 27: by Alien (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:56AM)

Alien  Citizen Hmmm, I liked E.E.E., especially my signed copy...supercool, thank you. I simply have a slight preference for the collection of stories in Bed and so gave Bed 5 and E.E.E. 4 stars...maybe others felt the same way. And (a more cynical view), maybe the higher rating reflect something of the need for shorter doses of what you prescribe...perhaps they reflect our diminishing attention-span.

Whatever it is, keep up the wonderful writing!


message 26: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:56AM)

Tao eeeee eee eeee is getting shit on.

bed is doing good.

the poetry book is doing good.


message 25: by Sara (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:54AM)

Sara Mumolo good is good


message 24: by Jack (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:53AM)

Jack I had to do the four star thing because her second book was just better.


message 23: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM)

Jennifer thank you for signing my books. i enjoyed your reading @ 21 grand last night. i liked when you laughed while reading your story.


message 22: by Pia (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:38AM)

Pia Hi Tao. I have your two new books on my table.


message 21: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:29AM)

Tao hi. the two copies have been given to alien and megan.

i liked your bird addition. thank you.


message 20: by Alien (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:29AM)

Alien  Citizen So, did I win a copy of e.e.e? And what did you think of what I did to your bird?

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blo...

:-)


message 19: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:28AM)

Tao the next two people who message me their address i will send e.e.e. with drawings inside

i wrote the kung fu book in 9th grade, i don't like it anymore but i'm not going to deny i wrote it


message 18: by Alien (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:28AM)

Alien  Citizen Tao, I think you should send a free copy of Eeeee Eee Eeee to all your friends on Goodreads, ...especially me. :-) Happy Birthday!

Note: You must find it somewhat amusing to be credited on Goodreads with having written a chinese language exercise manual called Kung Fu. Ni keyi shuo zhongguo hua ma?


message 17: by Kate (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:25AM)

Kate you drew me a squid thinking about richard nash at BEA. hello!


message 16: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:24AM)

Jennifer the word on the street is that you are going to be in oakland sometime in late july. is this true? i am so there.


message 15: by Amy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Amy your tiny sideways face picture with hand and moustache (?) is freaking me out.

i hope you aren't getting fake money for those fake jobs.

i haven't forgotten to book you, incidentally. i think you'll go in january since you want to be with stobb? that's his available date. otherwise, i can book you before then if you like, providing your fake schedule doesn't get in the way. please let me know your preference, o exercise master (how has that not been rated yet?)~


message 14: by Amy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Amy why not a fake one then?


message 13: by Amy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Amy Several.

Why don't you?


message 12: by Amy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Amy Thanks!

Shouldn't you be in bed about now?


message 11: by Tana (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:14AM)

Tana I was born July 10, 1955


message 10: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:13AM)

Jennifer i saw your books at the bookstore today!


message 9: by Chris Van Dyke (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:12AM)

Chris Van Dyke Wait, are you suggesting someone on goodreads (or any social site for that matter) is adding peeople to their friends list . . . randomly!? (gasp)

Kick me in the head if I'm wrong, but isn't that what 90% of people on these sites do? Susie, Ryan, be honest - did you take everyone on your friends list out for a cup of coffee, share memories from middle-school, and offer to walk their dog before you added them? My guess is no.


So the dude's asked everyone and his brother to be his friend. Everyone on the list (including you) said yes, so it doesn't seem like anyone is really hurting too much, now are they?

Relax. Go rate a book or organize your shelves.


message 8: by Sarah (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:12AM)

Sarah Tao Lin, do you know Deb Olin Unferth? I have taken a couple of classes with her...I think she mentioned you in class...something about talking to your girlfriend's mother?


message 7: by Ryan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:11AM)

Ryan Doherty I don't know Tao or any of his friends (well, the 30 or so I looked at out of 882) in any sense whatsoever, and when he invited me to be his friend I thought 'cool, it's always good to make random new friends.' Then I saw he was a budding author, and the throbbing cynicsm within lead me to surmise that he's using goodreads.com to drop excerpts and then invite lots of potential book-buying 'friends'. Surely that's not the case. Say it ain't so Tao, say it ain't so.


message 6: by Ben (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:11AM)

Ben hi. are you aware that you're dead?


message 5: by Brian (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:11AM)

Brian The Tao of Tao is O.K. by me. Thanks!


message 4: by Bunny (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:09AM)

Bunny Gamer what it is, brother?


message 3: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:09AM)

Tao i like friends.


message 2: by Michael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:09AM)

Michael i also think tao is adding everyone, but I think that is because he actually wants to be everybody's friend.

hey tao,
I will be in brooklyn this summer. can i crash on your couch?


message 1: by susie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:09AM)

susie i think tao is adding everyone on goodreads to be his friend!


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