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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tao Lin's Feature: New York City Gets It! (Except When New York City Doesn't Get It)

Posted by on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Holy shit, people. I am not even going to link to Gawker's reaction to Tao Lin's feature in this week's paper because it is such a dumb display of faux-outrage in reaction to a half-skim of the piece that it doesn't deserve the link. But I am going to point out that the New York Observer gets it. Their blog post on the story is a nice little look behind the scenes, and they tweak Gawker's nose at the same time. (HTMLGiant got the point as soon as the issue hit the streets yesterday morning.)

The best reaction to the story so far, though, is at Thought Catalog, which provides a side-by-side analysis of Tao Lin's piece and a certain TIME Magazine story. (They knock Gawker for not getting the joke, too.) It's kind of like they cracked The Tao Lin Code. But best of all: Way down in the comments to the Thought Catalog story, the author of the original, stupid Gawker post claims that he was in on the joke all along.


Sure thing, Mr. Lawson. I totally believe you. How's your Canadian girlfriend doing, by the way? And while I have your attention: I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gawker on your hard-hitting, comprehensive coverage of Lindsay Lohan. You guys have been way out in front of that story, and you're really proving your point by hitting it so hard. Keep up the good work!

And to everyone who is not Richard Lawson: If you're looking for more conversation about Tao Lin, there's always the comments to his story.


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