Author: Rosanna McLaughlin
Publisher: Little Island
Staff Pick: "Tom Wolfe originated the term ‘double-tracking’ to describe the duplicity of artists like Picasso who clung to the idea of the impoverished artist whilst strutting around MoMA. In this slim volume from Little Island/Carcanet, Rosanna McLaughlin relocates the apex of double-tracking at the cornerstone of middle-class identity. “To double-track is to be both: counter-cultural and establishment, rich and poor, Maldon Sea Salt of the earth”.
In eminently quotable studies, McLaughlin takes on metropolitan dog-ownership, Marie Antoinette, Frieze Art Fair and workwear - endemic of what McLaughlin calls ‘a virulent strain of historical labour fetishisation’ - and lays the responsibility for today’s gap-year industry at George Orwell’s door. Comprising essays, art criticism and fictional vignettes Double-Tracking is an essential - and mercilessly funny! - debut."