People aren't blurbing, but whatever. I know it used to be a blog. This is something people should realistically enjoy and feel free to talk shit about. I get very happy reading this book.
- Gene / April 4, 2007 11:12 PM
I will blurb. I like this book.
- Tao / April 5, 2007 6:15 PM
i really liked this book
- maya / April 8, 2007 11:34 PM
I feel this book wrongly glorifies the Hikikomori lifestyle. It may encourage the youth of America to lock themselves in their rooms with hamsters and other items.
- Jason / April 11, 2007 1:36 PM
This shit is weird
- Thomas / May 1, 2007 9:12 PM
What is going on. Actually, whatever. You guys are like pretentious but in such a promiscuous way, it makes me sick to my stomach. Alternatively, though, it's quite delicious with all that jazzy snazzy writing. Honestly, I can't resist buckling into a fantastic, semi-undesirable life described by the Hikikomori lifestyle!
- Akshizzle / May 15, 2007 9:19 PM
I think im kinda a Hikikomori. But Im not scared about the outside social world. But I stay inside alot.
- "Rone" / July 20, 2007 3:40 PM
I stay inside all the time. I'm 20 and I almost never ever leave my room. I browse the internet all day and look at funny pictures and tell people in chatrooms how great my life is and is going to be, but I never actually do anything besides stay inside all day and look at funny pictures on the internet.
Your stories make me feel a deep sense of regret. Is that good or bad?
- Hal / July 28, 2007 5:00 AM
I should have read this on Thursday. On Friday I ate soy beans in their shells and didn't know to take the shells off, so I ate them whole. If I had read this first I would have known what to do. So I think everyone should read this at least once if only because knowing how to eat soy beans the right way can sometimes be important.
- Gabriel / July 30, 2007 12:24 PM
Remember: Everything is equivalent to Nothing.
Who needs linear thought? Whataboutthe/ a esoteric junction of epiphanies constructing...? Everything. Now (Remember) Revel in that...
- Tripmonkey / August 3, 2007 5:29 PM
Someone hacked up art at the beginning of the twentieth century. It hasn't been able to walk the same since.
- Niel / August 4, 2007 11:19 AM
Art had it comin
- Gabriel / August 20, 2007 8:26 PM
- dom / September 14, 2007 10:21 AM
If I were a piano player, I'd play it in the goddamn closet.
- andrew / December 16, 2007 2:12 PM
i feel sad but also kind of tingly.
- lina / December 23, 2007 7:13 PM
I'm...not sure I want to finish this.
- Roo / January 21, 2008 12:54 PM
- lauren / January 21, 2008 9:19 PM
hey this is like, fantastic, it makes me want to write using small details like hotplates and ugly fish all the time.
- tory / January 23, 2008 7:45 PM
That was weird, but great, really...
- Casey / February 15, 2008 5:11 PM
i like this book a lot
you, tao and ellen, also noah and stuff everybody like that always make me want to change my mind. it is distressing. please write something about how i should stay exactly the same and i am okay, please.
- tory / February 15, 2008 5:49 PM
i like these letters/book/story it was very entertaining i started on 13 and read until 20 and then went back to 1 and read until the end. when it was over i said no and was upset that it was over. i did not reread 13 through 20. i think that tripmonkey is pretentious. i think you are pretending.
- mark / February 20, 2008 7:54 PM
i feel lonely too.
- Uglyfish / March 5, 2008 1:50 PM
I am a hikikomori. Except here in America, we don't have a word for it. We are just loser shut-ins.
- hikikUSA / May 11, 2008 11:52 PM
i laughed so hard and then i cried and made an organic smoothie.
i feel alone too
- amanda / May 24, 2008 8:12 PM
I read this book all the way through, twice, and enjoyed it very much. I researched hikikomori for a grant I applied for a few years ago, so this was especially interesting to me. Also, I think natto is delicious. Thank you for sharing this on the Internet, Tao and Ellen.
- Meg / June 20, 2008 12:28 AM
- >:3 / August 9, 2008 8:18 PM
i just renamed a folder on my desktop "richard yates wearing a hotplate suit."
- olivia / September 2, 2008 5:57 PM
I stumbled across while doing research on hikikomori for my Japanese Society class. Not only was this a great piece, it provides an interesting Western perspective for my research. I read this. Then I bought a hotplate on ebay.
- YongJoon / October 14, 2008 5:57 PM
I really enjoyed this.
- Kristen / October 25, 2008 11:13 AM
i bought tao lin on ebay last week.
today richard yates's corpse wearing a hotplate suit came in the mail.
i am okay with this.
- jesse / November 6, 2008 4:48 AM
dear ellen and tao
later i got up to take a piss. afterwards i didn't feel like moving so i fell asleep standing up in front of the toilet.
now i feel lonely.
- john / December 10, 2008 8:58 PM
this is very spectacular, what you have written together.
- chlobot / January 17, 2009 12:28 PM
Kind of creepy, but good, although I still don't know what hikikomori is. Perhaps I'll look it up on the internet. This book is like a David Firth film, but with more words.
- L / April 5, 2009 1:30 PM
i started reading this on some day of the week, but got sad and had to stop. then i went to the kitchen and thought about eating some almonds. i picked up eight or ten almonds in my hand, but i didn't eat any because i don't like almonds. sometimes i don't like anything.
- laura / April 28, 2009 9:43 PM
I have eaten fermented tofu before, and I can honestly say that it is the most revolting substance I have ever put it my mouth.
- anon / May 5, 2009 1:58 PM
- mario / May 11, 2009 7:43 PM
this book is ok i guess.
i will go cry now
- ben / September 10, 2009 10:55 PM
i read this carefully and that is so
- maria / September 29, 2009 2:00 PM
uhhh weird stuff....weird stuff..
- Joemonkey333 / October 10, 2009 3:26 PM
i noticed that above the blurb box it says "it will show up with a delay."
i wondered how long the delay is.
afterwards, i went back to the computer, read this some more and fell asleep. i woke up with tears streaming down my face.
- mira / January 14, 2010 4:57 PM
this made me sad. i read this an hour ago or so when i was talking online to my friend and they showed it to me and they said it was creepy but it wasn't. it was sad.
sometimes i feel like a hikikomori because i spend a lot of time in my room but i actually don't like spending a lot of time in my room i hate it i like going outside and seeing people and i go out a lot. at least everyday.
like today i went outside so i could see my therapist and her name is brenda. she makes me draw stuff about myself and its weird but i like it kind of. but i dont like her much even though we share a lot of interests. i dont like her because she makes me feel like im making her mad.
but they still taste weird.
- mae mae / January 18, 2010 4:21 PM
Bicycles in my stomach go faster each day.
- shirley / June 16, 2010 11:15 AM
i wish it were true that all of these comments were fake and written as a strange new web 2.0 spin on poetry. they read like that might be true. but i guess actually all of these people wrote all of these words and they happen to sound poetic in an absurd and desperate kind of way. so it still works.
i am drinking cider and reading the internet at work wishing that i were drinking cider and reading the internet not at work.
- tim / October 14, 2010 1:38 PM
the thing about fiction is it gives you pangs and makes you want to change your life but also tells you its impossible to change your life
- alex Klein / December 7, 2010 12:55 PM