Hey /lit/ I just marathoned the first 20 pages of this book. Does it get better? What did you think about it?
Man I can not imagine reading an entire fucking novel written by this guy
I read maybe 10 pages of Richard Yates and his voice just became way too grating
I liked him for about five minutes
the first section is the end of a relationship, then setting the protagonist as 'currently static,' but his social life explodes unexpectedly, so we get some BEE-like partying. i love the book. i'd read until at least the flashback to childhood. that's some great shit. it reminds me of the way childhood is written in The Mountain Lion. it's a really good flashback sequence that has a Proust style. it's a damn depressing book, by design, i assume. i think most people might think he's glorifying his social life and drug use but it's just bleak af. Lin isn't trying to write Catcher in the Rye/muh generation, either.
Nope that's the lead singer of Real Estate (far right)
desu I'm too jealous of his success to read him. he seems to be a shit writer that managed to use the internet to weasel his way into being an established writer by writing the most basic millennial drugged up angst garbage. or maybe he's talented and worked hard.
what's crafted? i understand he takes an autistic prose style that completely describes basic actions and objects with no reference to emotions/states of mind. is his narrative crafted? characters?
>completely describes basic actions and objects
I had never heard someone describe basic actions/objects like Tao Lin before I read Tao Lin. I'd never heard basic actions/objects described the way Beckett or Raymond Carver do, because they are different people.
you're getting close to figuring out what separates literary fiction from genre fiction.
prose is what's crafted. prose is what's important. not narrators thinking their feelings at you, or characters.
you still haven't explained what is noteworthy about his prose style. can you even do that? or are you going to continue giving worthless condescensions about how muh prose is the only thing that matters.
Okay, but only if you buy my books.
well he is very controlled in his use of dialogue tags. he rarely uses anything other than 'said' but still keeps dialogue interesting. he has a consistent tone throughout the entire novel. the style is funny without being playful and depressing without being melodramatic.