“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Dylan Suher on Tao Lin and Murong Xuecun


A paradox of our times: apparently nobody can sit down and read a whole novel anymore, and yet people are still writing the damn things. A lot of ink and anxiety is expended over the first proposition—considerably more than over the latter, though the latter is far more interesting. Two prominent examples, from nearly opposite points on the globe: Tao Lin, based in New York City, and Murong Xuecun, the handle of Hao Qun, from Beijing.


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