Monday, May 07, 2018

Six books that rearranged Tao Lin's view of the world

Tao Lin is the author of the novels Taipei and Richard Yates and Eeeee Eee Eeee, the novella Shoplifting from American Apparel, the story collection Bed, and the poetry collections cognitive-behavioral therapy and you are a little bit happier than i am. He was born in Virginia, has taught in Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program, and is the founder and editor of Muumuu House. His new book is Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change.

One of six books that rearranged Lin's understanding of the world, as shared at The Week magazine:
When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

Drawing on various evidence, including that until 12,000 years ago humans made only female figurines, Stone argues that civilization began with Goddess­-worshipping socie­ties. Per Stone, male­deitied, conquering societies emerged only about 7,000 years ago, eventually spawning the sexist Yahweh­-based religions that now dominate global culture.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue