A contemporary American writer, he is known for such novels as Taipei; Richard Yates; and Shoplifting from American Apparel. He also wrote a weekly column for Vice magazine.
He graduated from New York University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. He published his debut poetry collection, you are a little bit happier than i am, in 2006.
He founded a literary press called Muumuu House.
He was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Taiwanese parents. He was briefly married to Megan Boyle.
He has been compared to Bret Easton Ellis.