The Lives of Tao follows Roen Tan, an out-of-shape, rudderless IT guy who, when inhabited by a centuries-old alien named Tao, becomes a secret agent in order to save humanity from warring alien factions.

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: None

The Lives of Tao - Tao Lin - Netflix

Tao Lin (林韜; born July 2, 1983) is an American novelist, poet, essayist, short-story writer, and artist. He has published three novels, a novella, two books of poetry, a collection of short stories and a memoir as well as an extensive assortment of online content. His third novel, Taipei, was published by Vintage on June 4, 2013. In November 2008 Lin founded Muumuu House, an independent publishing house, and in 2010 he co-founded MDMAfilms, an independent film production company.

The Lives of Tao - Statutory rape allegations - Netflix

In October 2014, Lin was accused by E. R. Kennedy of having statutorily raped Kennedy in 2006, when Kennedy was 16 and Lin was 22. Kennedy, a trans man, also accused Lin of instances of emotional abuse, and claimed that Lin based passages in Richard Yates on personal email correspondence between the two. Lin posted a statement on Facebook addressing Kennedy's accusations. He agreed that he had sex with Kennedy, with whom he was in a long-term relationship, but said that it was “not statutory rape, let alone rape” (as the website Jezebel had originally reported before correcting the article), and said he had Kennedy's permission to use their correspondence. After their relationship ended, Kennedy and Lin remained friends, collaborating on an ebook, hikikomori, in 2007. In 2009 Lin published Kennedy's poetry collection sometimes my heart pushes my ribs. After the allegations were made, Kennedy asked Jezebel to take down an article about them, saying that only he and Lin had “the expertise to talk about our relationship” and “i shouldn't have started this im trying to recover from a hospitalization”. Jezebel ignored the request.

The Lives of Tao - References - Netflix