September 26, 2019

Here’s a preview of HILOBROW’s publishing plans for October, November, and December 2019.

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Illustration by Ben Katchor for PROJECT:OBJECT

During 4Q2019, we’ll publish a second installment in the LOST OBJECTS series — the eighth “volume” in Josh Glenn and Rob Walker’s ongoing PROJECT:OBJECT endeavor. Josh and Rob have invited 25 writers to each reminisce about an object which he or she no longer possesses. Perhaps they lost it, or it was stolen, or they gave it away, sold it, or destroyed it — but they still think about it. Some of these stories were assigned to illustrators; others will be illustrated by their authors!

Here’s the LOST OBJECTS v. 2 series lineup:

Geoff Manaugh on MOROCCAN TRINKET (ill. Mariana Pita) | Joe Yonan on MACRAMÉ ART (ill. Theo Ellsworth) | Laura Lippman on LABYRINTH GAME (ill. Laura Didyk) | Ben Katchor on LUCITE CARRYING CASE | Neil LaBute on PICKLED OCTOPUS (ill. Disa Wallander) | Miranda Mellis on SEQUINED SCARF (ill. Adam Goldberg) | Chris Piascik on GENERAL HUSTLER BMX | Jenny Kroik on MISSING TOY PIECES | Anita Kunz on FLOWER NECKLACE | Debbie Millman on GLASS POODLE | Heather Kapplow on CERAMIC ARTWORK (ill. Matt Wuerker) | Lydia Millet on ROCKY HORROR NOVEL (ill. Berta Valló) | Ben Greenman on WARHOL CAN (ill. Clara Selina Bach) | Leah Hennessey on BATMAN RING (ill. Dean Haspiel) | Kathryn Davis on PRAYER CARD (ill. Dina Noto) | Mikita Brottman on PINK ELEPHANTS (ill. Sarah Williamson) | Nathaniel Rich on AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL (ill. Ellen Rose) | Charles Glaubitz on TRACK SHOES | Seth on ENTERPRISE MODEL | Becky Stern on SKELETON SWEATER (ill. Monica Garwood) | Mark Dery on GRANDFATHER PHOTO (ill. Kelli Anderson) | Paola Antonelli on VINYL SKIRT (ill. Guillermo Meraz) | Sara Ryan on FINGER PUPPET (ill. Steve Lieber) | Alex Gerasev on KARMA PARKA | Margaret Wertheim on ECCENTRIC BOOK (ill. Armando Veve).

Josh and Rob are grateful to the LOST OBJECTS series’ writers and illustrators — many of whom have donated their fees to the ACLU.


The weekly ENTHUSIASM series, at HILOBROW in 2019, is: SERIOCOMIC. We’ve invited 52 of HILOBROW’s friends and contributors to wax enthusiastic about some of their favorite comic books and strips. Here’s the 4Q2019 lineup:

Susannah Breslin on SLASHER | Lisa Kahlden on JACK CHICK TRACTS | Mandy Keifetz on KRAZY KAT | Tom Devlin on DUM-DUM POSSE READER | Eric Reynolds on ACTION COMICS #460 | Rick Pinchera on EIGHTBALL #16 | Juan Recondo on DAYTRIPPER | Elizabeth Foy Larsen on ROZ CHAST | J.E. Anckorn on HALO JONES | Deborah Wassertzug on GREAT POP THINGS | Peggy Nelson on MAD MOVIE SATIRES | Holly Interlandi on ANGEL SANCTUARY | Karen Green on THE SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER COMICS.

Josh Glenn is editor of the SERIOCOMIC series. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom have donated their fees to the ACLU.


Returning from a four-year hiatus, Peggy Nelson will continue to investigate art and the virtual life, including through the regular series EYE CANDY and CROSS-POST.


Lynn Peril will continue to surface and dimensionalize examples of “pink think” — ideas and attitudes about what constitutes proper female behavior — among other things, in her PLANET OF PERIL series.


Tom Nealon will continue to interrogate suspect food history, and embellish his findings with outlandish, yet compelling theories of his own, in his series STUFFED.


Adam McGovern’s irregular series OFF-TOPIC will continue to deliver over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship.

Also! In early October, Adam will review Ann Nocenti’s neo-noir thriller Ruby Falls (ill. Flavia Biondi) from Dark Horse.


We’ll publish five new installments in the BEST ADVENTURES series, which chronicles Josh Glenn’s attempt to identify the 10 best adventures he’s read from each year of the 20th century. Here’s the 4Q2019 lineup:

  • BEST 1959 ADVENTURES, from Time Out of Joint and The Manchurian Candidate to Passage of Arms.
  • BEST 1970 YA & YYA ADVENTURES, from The Devil’s Children and The Guardians to Fantastic Mr. Fox.
  • BEST 1971 YA & YYA ADVENTURES, from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) to The Tombs of Atuan.
  • BEST 1974 ADVENTURES, from The Dispossessed and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Dog Soldiers.
  • BEST 1979 ADVENTURES, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Kindred to Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy from Mars.

Each BEST ADVENTURES installment will first be published as 10 individual posts.

NB: As of the end of 2019, Josh will have succeeded in his original mission — researching and writing about the best adventures (that he’s read, so far) of 1904–1983. This year, however, he decided to extend the series from 1984–2003, despite a reluctance born of distate for the vast majority of adventure fiction published during these years. His post-1983 list, a work in progress, is here.


We will continue to publish DIAMOND AGE SCI-FI 75, a weekly lit-list series that aims to identify Josh Glenn’s 75 favorite science-fiction novels published during the Eighties (1984–1993) and Nineties (1994–2003). Here’s the 4Q2019 lineup:

Octavia E.Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER | Iain M. Banks’s AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND | William Gibson’s VIRTUAL LIGHT | Jack Womack’s RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE | Jonathan Lethem’s GUN, WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC | Iain M. Banks’s FEERSUM ENDJINN | Charles Burns’s BLACK HOLE | Neal Stephenson’s DIAMOND AGE | Nancy Farmer’s THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM | Jonathan Lethem’s AMNESIA MOON | Nicola Griffith’s SLOW RIVER | Ken MacLeod’s THE STAR FRACTION.


We’ll finalize Josh Glenn’s LISTEN, HOLLYWOOD!, which offers unsolicited advice — to movie and TV producers wherever they may be — about which brilliant but overlooked 20th-century adventure novels should be adapted for the screen.

Here’s the 4Q2019 lineup: André Gide’s THE VATICAN CAVES [LAFCADIO’S ADVENTURES] | John Buchan’s MR. STANDFAST | Georgette Heyer’s THE MASQUERADERS


We’ll wrap up A IS FOR ADVENTURE, an irregular series featuring notes towards Josh Glenn’s The Adventurer’s Glossary, a work in progress which — like his previous books, The Idler’s Glossary and The Wage Slave’s Glossary — will smuggle ideology critique into a simple defining vocabulary or clavis.



At Christmastime, HILOBROW will publish 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE — a dozen object-oriented stories originally contributed to Josh Glenn and Rob Walker’s anthropological-literary experiment SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS. We’ve done this four times before; this year’s selection will bring the series total to 60 stories. Here’s the 2019–2020 lineup:

Curtis Sittenfeld on SPOTTED DOGS FIGURINE | Matthew Klam on DUCK VASE | Merrill Markoe on FLIP-FLOP FRAME | Blake Butler on UTAH SNOW GLOBE | Neil LaBute on RABBIT CANDLE | Rob Agredo on LIGHTER SHAPED LIKE SMALL POOL BALL | Rosecrans Baldwin on PRAYING HANDS | Rob Baedeker on FOPPISH FIGURINE | Scarlett Thomas on BIRTHDAY CANDLES | Wayne Koestenbaum on DUCK NUTCRACKER | Jeff Turrentine on “WOMEN & INFANTS” GLASS | Joe Lyons on LETTERS AND NUMBERS PLATE


In November–December, we’ll reprint a dozen or so true stories about significant objects from the 2007 collection Taking Things Seriously (Princeton Architectural Press), edited by Joshua Glenn and designed by Carol Hayes. Here’s the TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY series lineup:

William Drenttel on ARTICHOKE | Dmitri Siegel on BIG BOTTOM EXCITER | Greg Klee on SANTA | Carol Hayes on “THINGS” SAMPLER | Tom Frank on WWI HELMET | Beth Daniels on PENCIL SHARPENER | Chika Azuma on GRAMMYFOAM | John Keen on COMPUTER CABINET | Josh Glenn on BAUDELAIRE DEATH MASK | Luc Sante on POSTER FRAGMENTS | Becky Neiman on CHEESE BOX | Rosamond Purcell on BREAD | Paul Maliszewski on RUBBER STAMP


In December, HiLoBooks will conclude our serialization of P.G. Wodehouse’s LEAVE IT TO PSMITH (1923) — the last and most rewarding of four novels featuring the dandy, wit, and would-be adventurer Ronald Eustace Psmith.


On to 4Q2019…