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Taipei Fashion

by Tao Lin
Apr 23 2013, 5:40pm

Over the next month and a half, 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. While there, he took thousands of pictures with his iPhone, pictures which he has divided into albums titled things like "Taipei funny," "Taipei food," "Taipei babies," and "Taipei animals," among others. The images were taken between January and February 2013 during one of his semiannual visits to the Taiwanese capital, where his parents live. This selection is titled "Taipei fashion." All photos and captions by Tao Lin.

Taipei will be released on June 4 from Vintage and is available for pre-order now. To read an early excerpt from the novel that we published in 2011 titled "Relationship Story," click here.

~8-color hoodie (?) of a "GOLDEN AGE" hot air balloon between the word "GLORIOUS" & a volcano-shaped quadrilateral that seems slightly Where's Waldo?-like

me in 25–30 years

trying to be "goth," despite the mandatory school uniform (of a baby-blue tracksuit) & succeeding

I feel like I've worn outfits like this before (for variety, via boredom, or to hide from people or reality, to some degree, while in public) but maybe not in as extreme a manner as seen here with this man or woman

so much more luggage than anyone else

seems intense

woman "openly cacooning" through an 8-hour shift because she owns the store

I immediately, for some reason, think "Detective Zhao," a name that otherwise means nothing to me, that I'm aware of, whenever I look at this photo

almost can't discern if it's a small child or Joe Pesci-like adult

elderly man stoically shooting bubbles in a continuous, "all-out" manner (side/close-up view)

elderly man stoically shooting bubbles in a continuous, "all-out" manner (front/distant view)

Previously - Taipei Babies

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