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bear parade

this emotion was a little e-book
by tao lin

this is the first book in the bear parade series.

Tao Lin is the author of ten books, including TRIP: PSYCHEDELICS, ALIENATION, AND CHANGE and LEAVE SOCIETY, which is forthcoming in 2021 from Vintage Books. He edits Muumuu House. His website is at and he has a Twitter account and a blog.



I have a relationship with this e-book. It is good in a way that makes me a little bit angry. I read it and say "Dammit, why are you so hilarious and true?"

In order to know what the e-book says back to me, read it.

- Rosie / March 12, 2006 10:13 PM

My book makes me feel like lips eating itself. That's a lorrie moore quote. She has a story where she says something is like lips eating itself.

Uh, this isn't a good feeling at all.

- Tao Lin / March 16, 2006 5:03 PM

Contrary to what was said above, The Establishment does like this wonderful book. We endorse it wholeheartedly. Tao Lin is loved by The Establishment. Don't be fooled by anyone saying different. The Establishment is not that dumb as to not like this wonderful book. We view Tao Lin as one of us, a brother, a true member of The Establishment. But people who are anti-Establishment will also like this book. It appeals to everyone, whatever their view of The Establishment.

- The Establishment / March 16, 2006 5:50 PM

An auspicious debut. I hope I spelled "auspicious" right.

- Pete / March 16, 2006 5:54 PM

A good time was had by all. Sometimes everyone feels like the bear.

- Nick / March 17, 2006 12:27 AM

Tao Lin wrote a book, I guess.

- Matthew / March 17, 2006 12:54 AM

What I liked most about this book was the finely crafted boat and sea poems. Tao Lin gives the reader what the reader always didn't know the reader wanted not not wanting and already had having wanted it in the backseat of a minivan.

- Logan / March 17, 2006 11:50 AM

This is a blurb for the blurbs people have written.

The blurbs for my book make me want to run through the streets shouting, 'I have blurbs! I have blurbs!'

I would never run shouting through the streets.

It doesn't make sense.

- Tao Lin / March 17, 2006 3:35 PM

To be a good person, you can only sleep like four or five hours.

Tao's poetry sleeps so few hours it turns into anti-sleep, which is a sleep like wet spiderwebs, a sleep like radioactive socks.

Tao's poetry is a good person. Most people aren't good, and most people approve of sleep and soda, both of which are ultimately death.


- Mike / March 17, 2006 5:35 PM


- Gene / March 21, 2006 10:16 PM

when i read tao lin's e-book it makes me feel like an out-of-control asshole. when i blurb his e-book it makes me think about how many books james tate has blurbed and wonder if he gets paid to do it and wonder why i'm blurbing tao lin's e-book when he'll never pay me any money to do it and instead keep asking me to send him money orders for $200. but i don't live in new york so i don't care if he's poor because i'm busy being poor on the other side of this country. then i read another poem from tao lin's e-book and think again about james tate's blurbs on books and remember when i used to sell milk to james tate every monday night when i lived somewhere else where i was poor. i'm the kind of person who occasionally name drops people like james tate because it makes me feel better about myself and lets people know that i am literate. i am literate. that's why i'm blurbing tao lin's e-book. i'm out-of-control and kind of an asshole.

- Carla / March 24, 2006 3:45 PM

What the christ? How dare you publish something this funny? How. Fucking. Dare. You? YOU. Experimental in a way that brings product, easy on the mind and on the clock, this has everything that makes for a "little e-book" and stunning at that.

In a word, ridiculouslyawesome&worthyofallthatiscool.

- P. H. M. / March 27, 2006 7:32 AM

i want to kill myself by clogging my throat with blueberries until i suffocate.

- Ellen / April 2, 2006 2:09 AM

wow. all of tao lin's poems sound like the blurbs that blurb them which all sound like emails i and my friends write just for the sake of typing

- niles / April 19, 2006 7:18 PM

this is a bad directions. self effacement poetry. i mean how could any of it be distinct

- niles / April 19, 2006 7:19 PM

the helicopters and sharks are absolutely beautiful though. who designed the website.

- niles / April 19, 2006 7:20 PM

if by establishment you mean not vomiting

- niles / April 19, 2006 7:22 PM

Stop giving me good reasons to kill myself.

- noah cicero / May 2, 2006 10:20 PM

i read the table of contents and already felt fucked. thank you.

- ellen / May 2, 2006 10:27 PM

yesterday i pulled a clove of garlic from my garden to cook with my soybeans. today i read your book and afterwards i sniffed my hands and they still smell like garlic.

- ellen / May 18, 2006 9:33 AM

i had a writing class with tao.
and he thinks i don't read anything he writes but i do.
tao is good.
as is this.

- mal / July 20, 2006 8:40 PM

Your poems are alot like koans.

They're bizzare and beautiful and
meditating on them will result in
your mind breaking in two.

This is seriously amazing.

- Michael Wells / April 3, 2008 9:50 PM

inside of the computer are
all of my feelings!
inside of the computer are
all of my feelings!
inside of the computer are
all of my feelings!

- maureen / June 25, 2008 5:40 PM

Tao makes me feel like that dog smoking outside the pottery barn

- Cody Moore / August 25, 2008 9:16 PM

I want to turn into a hamster and run up things, and then marry tao lin and eventually go on a killing rampage and kill all the hamsters- especially tao lin, who will also be a hamster.

- Jennie / September 1, 2008 11:56 PM

well. that was different

- Delicious Monster / December 13, 2008 10:04 AM

i agree with delicious monster. we prefer this.

- Beautiful Day Monster / March 9, 2009 9:29 AM

i like this book

- ryan manning / March 20, 2009 8:26 PM

i want to cry and have tao lin's babies

not kidding.

- thomas patrick levy / April 9, 2009 12:15 PM

I like toilets. I mean Tao Lin. I like Tao Lin.

I like toilets too, but they don't write poems. Tao Lin writes poems. They are pretty okay. I like them.

Toilets do not write good poems. In fact they do not write poems at all, unless you think "fluuuuuuuuuush" is a poem. Or "kachunk kachunk kachunk" if you used too much toilet paper.

Tao Lin is not a toilet. I am not a toilet. You might be a toilet. Or you might not be a toilet, how should I know.

I just posted a comment about toilets.

- John / April 30, 2009 11:20 PM

i read this book whenever i feel very sad

- chael / August 1, 2009 10:21 PM

sometimes i enjoy reading ,when i lose myself in text,this is only sometimes

- tim / September 10, 2009 5:30 AM

damn, didnt know i could leave blurbs

do you know the most efficient spacing of resistive copper-nickle alloy wire in a car's rear window defroster?

im working on it

but i seriously feel that tao's poems could solve this engineering design problem

given the proper constraints

and 11 hours of uninterrupted time

and a good supply of organic trail mix

with lots of dried cherries and not too many peanuts

but i could be wrong

- aw, fukk / October 21, 2009 4:16 AM

i just deleted my blurb
i still want to kill the hamster
i want to shove a $200,000 house down his throat
show my middle finger to his mother
his mother will delete my blurb

- JonB / March 28, 2010 6:46 PM

my cock is beautiful

- jonny / June 23, 2010 6:13 PM

Hello, today I wrote something on a bench somewhere. Thank you for sharing your writing at my school. I like writing randomly, and eating waffles. Thanks

- Spongy hamster / July 13, 2010 7:11 PM

today i lifted up some heavy things and put them back down again

people still don't like me

- name / August 29, 2011 8:13 AM