Questions for Melville House

Tao book cover

These are the questions we would’ve asked Melville House about the Alt Lit scandals had they responded to our request. (See previous posts.)

1.) Do you regret publishing Tao Lin’s novels Richard Yates and Shoplifting from American Apparel?

2.) Have sales of the books gone up with the publicity over the Tao Lin scandal?

3.) Isn’t Tao Lin’s apparent glorification of shoplifting a reflection on his character, or lack thereof?

4.) Do you consider Tao Lin an important writer?

5.) Is Alt Lit the direction in which American literature should be going?

Fairly innocuous questions. It’s not too late for them to respond!



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