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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy [Kindle Edition]

Tao Lin
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"Tao Lin's poetry passes by slacker era irony and self-indulgent formalism to dig up something deeper and more human, even when that something seems on first reading to merely be depressed hamsters."
--Jeffrey Brown, author of "Clumsy" and "Little Things"
"I hope this new publisher uses my blurb this time. I was a little sad that the other one didn't use it. They could have sold tens of copies if they'd put my blurb on that book. But this book is better; these poems are serious and funny and more than they appear. I am a big fan of Tao Lin's writing and this book makes me happy."
--Matthew Rohrer, author of "A Green Light" and "Rise Up"

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In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy a 23–year–old person attempts to explain to himself the possible origins, ends, and cures of anger, worry, despair, obsession, and confusion, while concurrently experiencing those things in various contexts including a romantic relationship, a book of poetry, and the arbitrary nature of the universe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House; 1 edition (13 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I75EVN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tao Lin (b. 1983) is the author of six books of fiction/poetry. He lives in Brooklyn. (Photo by Noah Kalina.)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars u guys wanna fugg/?? 11 May 2013
By Alex
???? im serious

no for real great colection of stories/poems
i gues their more 'poem?"""??

amyway theres one about [vegan soap][poffer fish][or its a sun fish? o r was that just a darwing]
idk havent read this bk in _awhile_

tbph i think tao lin is good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dada slacker 16 Jun 2011
He must have something, since he drives reviewers to copy his style - or anti-style, really

'I observe myself from a distance neither temporal nor physical
to cross it would be potentially best-selling' Well, maybe. Ugly Fish Poem #1's the stand-out so far

27/6/11: I'm upping this from ** to *** on the strength of Long Poem #13, with the proviso that if you read this slender tome in its entirety you may lose the will to live
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is it 15 May 2008
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

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.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i felt the things that matter 12 Jun 2008
By Chris Moran - Published on
i think a lot about this book and tao lin's other books

the first time i read this i was so excited i read it all in one sitting

it is hard for me normally to read more than three poems in one sitting

i normally stand up and do something else

there are a lot of poems that have multiple parts to it like in the books BAD BAD by chelsey minnis or ANGLE OF YAW by ben lerner but different because of the hampsters and sadness and other things

the poem 'are you okay?' made me so sad that i had to stop reading and lie down on the couch and think for a minute

my friend asked me if this book is funny like his other book of poety and i said 'no, no it is never funny. i didn't laugh once while reading it' and i did not realize that was true until i said it even though i lied a little

some parts are actually very funny, but not funny in a way that makes me laugh out loud, but just makes me smile and feel 'consoled'

i just opened the book and looked at 'ugly fish poem, part one' and read this sentence: "and i have swum fast; any speed that exists i have swum at that speed"

that makes me laugh i don't know why

this book made me sad a lot and i don't think i will look at it as much as 'you are a little bit happier than i am' but that is okay, because that book made me excited about life and stuff in ways that few things ever have, i don't know
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Jordan Castro 19 Dec 2012
By Jordan Castro - Published on
Reading this book was the first time I can distinctly remember thinking in depth about the way I view my relationship between my thoughts, feelings, and actions. Some of the philosophy expressed in these poems helped me, and still helps me, feel less bad about things, via viewing feelings as results of thinking and knowing that I'm able, to a large degree, to choose/control the way I react to [external thing/situation]. The poems in this book explore things like cognitive-behavioral therapy, publically owned companies vs. independently owned companies, hamsters, and relationships, among other things.

I enjoy reading these poems. I like how concise the poems are. They seem intentional and intelligent. I grinned a lot while reading the poems with hamsters as characters and felt pensive while reading most of the poems. I feel like this book could help a lot of people.

This is one of my favorite poetry books. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars kind of sad and rambling like whatever 19 July 2014
By Philip - Published on
Tao Lin's poetry in this collection flirts between brutally honest open analogy, creative metaphor, and complete rambling inanity. Sadly, most of the poems lean towards the latter - nonsensical analogies and word-choices abound, as well as repetition, whiny language, and sentence after sentence with no substance or meaning to grip on to. I liked the bits in-between larger sections that glimmered with insight or tangible depression, communicating the emotion of the author effectively, but mostly it felt like a series of blog posts were put into a paper-shredder and vomited out onto paper.

I might venture a 2.5 if one was available, but as is, I wouldn't recommend this collection. Parts of it were enjoyable and easy to digest, but mostly it felt like a slog through vaguely neurotic vocabulary exercise and masturbation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good companion collection to richard yates 8 Mar 2014
By tiffany - Published on
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as i was reading richard yates, i found something that tao lin had said about this being a book he had written about the relationship between himself (haley joel osment) and his girlfriend at the time (dakota fanning). i found myself laughing at many parts of this collection, but i felt very burdened by his writing style, in the sense that it was very heavy and left me thinking. (this is a good type of burden)
2.0 out of 5 stars Delivery and condition of book was fine 6 Aug 2013
By Robert W. Mohs - Published on
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I have decided that in spite of the provocative titles Tao Lin is perhaps not for me...perhaps for another person
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