Brooklyn-Based Author: From Shoplifter to Novelist

By Hillel Italie

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Tao Lin’s new novel is based on a true story, his own.

“It just started out of my life, what was happening to me,” the 27-year-old author says of Richard Yates, a novel about a young New York writer and the New Jersey teen he meets online. “Usually, if something is notable to me in my life, I’ll write about it and use it later for fiction.”

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