Nice. Good review of this existential read. I'm learning from these reviews for my own review, learning, I hope, to avoid lines like "I'm a middle-aged x professor", which will be difficult if only because I am a middle-aged professor of x where x cannot even be pronounced in English. I'm reading this book slowly partly because I don't really want it to end and partly because I'm writing myself at present which makes it difficult to engage with another writer's work especially when it's as self-conscious as Lin's. Hence it'll take me a while to finish my review. I'm dictating 10 words of it pretty much every day.