SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL
The Internet has spawned a generation exceedingly more awkward, apathetic and lost than any that has come beforeat least, this seems to be the message and intention of Lins underwhelming novella (after Eeeee Eee Eeee and Bed). Sam works at an organic vegan restaurant and spends much of his time checking e-mails and instant messaging with his equally detached friends while wandering downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. There is, indeed, the shoplifting of a T-shirt (and, later, earphones), the actsboth of which end in Sams arrestmotivated by a need for "variety." Though Lin strives to paint a portrait of a generation of disaffected youth "caught in the soft blue light of Internet Explorer," this offers little more than lackadaisical pop culture reportage that reads mostly like a diary rendered in third person.