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Tan Lin

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Tan Lin is a poet, essayist, and filmmaker, born in Seattle, Washington in 1957. He is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Heath Course Pak Rfc (Counterpath, 2012), 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), winner of the 2012 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry, and Plagiarism/Outsource (Zasterle, 2009). He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Poetry in 1984 and 1986, a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant for 2004-2005, and the Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant for 2006-2007.

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What is the relation between a fruit and a vegetable? A book transpires one letter and then one word at a time and nothing about reading can prevent this from happening. For this reason, books are best diluted or read over a good many years. Only things that are consumed endure beyond their shelf life. Nothing is