“Richard Yates” author Tao Lin turned up at the New Yorker party uninvited after hearing about it from attendees (this reporter included), but he was turned away at the door. Mr. Lin said he “wanted to talk to Zadie Smith,” who was invited, because both he and Ms. Smith write their books at New York University’s Bobst Library. (In an email, Mr. Lin said he has “zero hard feelings toward the New Yorker,” adding “I feel bad for causing them inconvenience. Can’t stress that enough.”)
Eventually Mr. Lin, who came with a date carrying a giant leaf, headed to a different hotel—the Standard—for another party, this one attended by writers for Vice magazine.
Ms. Smith, on the other hand, stayed home.