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Nascar: Stories by Steffanie Ling

Steffanie Ling
Blank Cheque Press
Artists' Books
5 × 6.8 × 0.3 in
138 pp

Edited by Jacquelyn Ross

“Somehow, the idea of watching him, a sexy sports car, only emphasized the straightforwardness of mastery. A matter of hitting notes, a grasp of physique.”

In sixteen short stories punctuated by smoke breaks, writer and critic Steffanie Ling ponders questions of art and subsistence while relating her comically mundane misadventures alongside a band of struggling twenty-something painters, editors and merchandisers. Touching on topics like taste, mastery, straight white males and sparkling water—and in conversations in galleries and artist’s studios, on busses and park benches—these are concise, poignant stories that show a general disregard for one’s health. Against the languor of art, sarcasm and late capitalism, the gesture of the shared smoke may just be a small, but hopeful, offering of community.

Published: August 2016

Printed and bound at Publication Studio Vancouver

Softcover, perfect-bound, with letterpress cover, b&w.

Edition of 100

ISBN 978-1-927385-40-1

  1. Nascar Stories

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