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      By Tao Lin Sep 9, 2014

      'The Butterfly Hunter' by Klea McKenna

      When Terence McKenna died in 2000, his belongings included his art, his books, and, among other things, an insect collection. In 2008, his daughter, Klea McKenna, wishing to preserve his insect collection, published a book featuring 122 insects that Teren…

      By Tao Lin Sep 9, 2014
      By Tao Lin Aug 26, 2014

      Why Are Psychedelics Illegal?

      Terence McKenna viewed cannabis, psilocybin, DMT, LSD, and other psychedelics as "catalysts of intellectual dissent." He believed that they were illegal "not because it troubles anyone that you have visions" but because "there is something about them that…

      By Tao Lin Aug 26, 2014
      By Tao Lin Jul 29, 2014

      Death and the Imagination

      This installment of Tao of Terence presents a collection of McKenna's thoughts on death and the imagination, presented in the style of one of his lectures.

      By Tao Lin Jul 29, 2014
      By Tao Lin Jul 22, 2014

      One Version of 'One Version of Terence McKenna’s Life'

      The public story of Terence McKenna's life—in my view, and by my estimates—is a ~450-page book, which could be titled 'One Version of Terence McKenna's Life.' The following is my eight-page, fractal-inflected, short-story-esque version of that biography…

      By Tao Lin Jul 22, 2014
      By Tao Lin Jul 15, 2014

      Terence McKenna's Memes

      Last week, in the first installment of this series, I told the story of how I first encountered Terence McKenna. This week, I've organized a list of my 30 favorite Terence McKenna memes.

      By Tao Lin Jul 15, 2014
      By Tao Lin Jul 8, 2014

      Beyond "Existentialism"

      I learned of Terence McKenna on September 14, 2012, when I was 29 years old. Over the following week or so I watched footage of him on YouTube for probably ~30 hours and have been fascinated by him ever since. Now, almost two years later, you're reading t…

      By Tao Lin Jul 8, 2014
      By Tao Lin Jun 12, 2013

      Taipei Metro

      For the past couple of months, in celebration of last week's release of Tao Lin's latest novel, Taipei, we have been featuring a weekly selection of photos taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. In the final installment, Tao

      By Tao Lin Jun 12, 2013
      By Tao Lin May 29, 2013

      Taipei Public Art

      Over the past few weeks, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, 'Taipei,' we have been featuring a number of photo albums taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. In this selection, Tao shares some of the…

      By Tao Lin May 29, 2013
      By Tao Lin May 28, 2013

      An Excerpt from Tao Lin's 'Taipei'

      Paul's father was 28 and Paul's mother was 24 when they alone (out of a combined fifteen to twenty-five siblings) left Taiwan for America. Paul was born in Virginia six years later, in 1983, when his brother was 7. Paul was 3 when the family moved to Apop…

      By Tao Lin May 28, 2013
      By Tao Lin May 21, 2013

      Taipei Signs

      In celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, 'Taipei,' we will be featuring a weekly selection of iPhone photos taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. In this selection, Tao shows us some of his favorite sign…

      By Tao Lin May 21, 2013
      By Tao Lin May 15, 2013

      The Grand Hotel

      Over the next few weeks, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, 'Taipei,' we will be featuring a weekly selection of photos taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. This selection focuses on the Grand Hot…

      By Tao Lin May 15, 2013
      By Tao Lin May 7, 2013

      Facedown Generation

      Over the next month, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, 'Taipei,' we will be featuring a weekly selection of photos taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. This week's photos are based on people who

      By Tao Lin May 7, 2013
      By Tao Lin Apr 30, 2013

      Taipei Carbs

      Over the next month, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, 'Taipei,' we will be featuring a weekly selection of photos taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. This selection is all about the city's infa…

      By Tao Lin Apr 30, 2013