Tao Lin and the Seattle Stranger mock Jonathan Franzen and Time Magazine.

Tao Lin will make fun of you, and Seattle's The Stranger will help him do it -- make fun of you if you are either Jonathan Franzen or Time Magazine, that is.

As many of you recall, Jonathan Franzen was recently made crown prince of the literary world when he showed up on the cover of Time, which labeled him "Great American Novelist." Of course, a lot of people didn't appreciate this and reacted accordingly. And to Tao Lin, reacting accordingly means parodying that cover with his own for The Stranger:

Tao Lin on the cover of the Seattle Stranger.

For the sake of reference (please note the bylines for each cover story), here's the Franzen one: 

Jonathan Franzen on the cover of "Time" magazine.

Hmmph. Well, I know which one I prefer. Which do you?

Commentarium (9 Comments)

Sep 22 10 - 5:57pm

He didn't button his shirt up all the way like Franzen.

Sep 22 10 - 6:01pm

Gawker apparently did not get it was a joke.

Sep 22 10 - 7:14pm
Quality Treats

Tao Lin is not nearly famous enough for this (or for you to not explain who he is)

Sep 22 10 - 8:58pm
Mr. Big

Oh look, a third rate big-league-hopeful trying to ride someone's coattails to fame instead of producing something of worth.


Sep 22 10 - 11:31pm

His Dakota Fanning story kind of cracks me up, I don't have a problem with him, as long as he's genuinely eccentric and not putting on an act, which I don't believe he is.

Sep 23 10 - 8:40am

Man, if only Tao Lin's actual writing were as good as his 'pranks'

Sep 23 10 - 10:16am

I agree with Quality Treats.

Tao who?

Sep 23 10 - 10:37am

I have never read anything by either gentleman, but I'll choose the cute Asian dude.

Sep 25 10 - 6:49pm
nytimes yall

tao was just reviewed by the nytimes