The monotone voice of (some of) his generation sold his third novel to Vintage Books this weekend, reports former Inteler Mike Vilensky. Like much of Lin's previous work, the paperback, titled Taipei, Taiwan, will be "a fictionalized but largely autobiographical account of the 28-year-old New York–based author's life." Or, as he told the Observer:
"I honestly feel, to a large degree, like me and everyone else are close to death and that the awareness of this has, to me, precluded thoughts of 'making it' (this is a theme of the novel)."
William Morris Endeavor agent Bill Clegg, who knows a little about autobiography himself, was responsible for the deal.
Tao Lin's Next Chapter [WSJ]