Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change, a nonfiction account of Lin's experiences with psychedelic drugs, was published by Vintage Books in May 2018.
Much of the book is devoted to Lin's continuing fascination with the life and thought of Terence McKenna, as well as an introduction to McKenna's ex-wife Kathleen Harrison.
Trip was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. In Scientific American, John Horgan wrote, “If an aspirant asks for an example of experimental science writing, I’ll recommend Trip. The book veers from excruciatingly candid autobiography to biography (of McKenna) to investigative journalism…to interview-based journalism to philosophical speculation to first-person accounts of the effects of DMT and Salvia.”.
This is the book that was so bad that I had to learn how to return Amazon Kindle books to get rid of it. Half of it is devoted to describing youtube videos that you could just go watch on youtube; the other half is describing the aftermath of a drug trip that the author can’t actually remember, which he processes by making his female drug dealer increasingly uncomfortable. If Tao Lin ever showed up in my social circle, I’d tell people to steer clear of him - he’s a creep, and he doesn’t know that he’s a creep,