This is a review of 'Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy', by Tao Lin. It would have five stars, but I wish it were a longer and that I could read it again for the first time. It would have 4.5 stars, if I could do that.
I enjoyed it a lot. I find his style of writing and his choice of words satisfying and inspiring. The book looks good, with a pleasing cover and colour-scheme. I hope that the book will help me remember how to spell 'behavioral', as I have trouble with that word.
If you are not familiar with Tao Lin's work, I would say you probably would enjoy it if you notice, and see great importance, in the little things in life. I mean things like barely susceptible emotions and movements. I think some people would probably think that it's a stupid book and that 'anyone could write it'. But they didn't, did they? Tao did. Mixed with realism and descriptions of emotions is bits of surrealism. I enjoy the bits with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
As a 'writer-in-my-spare-time', I try not to work after reading Tao Lin's words as I think they influence me too much. I don't think this is a good or bad thing; it's just a thing. Gus Van Sant remade Psycho almost exactly and it is still listed as his work on imdb.com.
One negative is that sometimes a lack of punctuation and the line breaks (is this a correct term?) make it difficult for me to follow. Even then, it suits the style of writing and I can imagine Tao reading it aloud. It is a book that I will pick up often and read randomly selected pages and it will change my mood slightly.
I think that that's all I have to say about it right now, but I am very happy to have this book in my possession. Yes.