Mercedes Benz is a dysfunctional love affair strung out over SMS, BBM, email and Facebook. Set in a barely credible 2011 London, Iphgenia Baal’s third novel, edited by cult author Stewart Home, describes a world where Bow E3’s high-rise estates are no longer the Ends, awful art parties do little to dispel 1990s nostalgia and downward mobility proves to be a much more intoxicating drug than heroin. If the story told here isn’t a tragedy, love is dead! Iphgenia Baal, a London-based writer (and formerly a journalist) has been published in Smoke: A London Peculiar, The White Review, and The Milan Review. She has also self-published two zines: The Gentle Art of Tramping and No! No! No! No! No! No! No! In 2011, Baal was nominated for the Granta Young British Novelist award for her first book, The Hardy Tree.
5 x 7 ½ in. / 120 pp
Retail Price: $19.95
Boy Vereecken (Ed.)
Signature Strengths was inspired by the direct approach to marketing of the No-Frills grocery store novels in the early 1980s, which employed the non-branding strategy of supermarket staples for the mass-marketing of genre fiction novels. Four complete books from the “generic” pulp fiction series titled Western, Mystery, Science Fiction, and Romance are reproduced in total in this artist book. The repackaging of these unique American pocket-book novels into a non-structured book is conceived and edited by designer, researcher and member of the Slavs and Tartars art collective Boy Vereecken. The only additional writing featured is a critical evaluation by Toronto-based writer Mark Mann on the fascinating experimental endeavor in genre writing and mass-market publishing.
7 ⅔ x 10 ½ in. / 108 pp / 8 color
Retail Price: $19.00
LA LOGE, BRUSSELS