December 31, 2011

In 2010, TIME Magazine named HiLobrow one of the Ten Best Blogs of the year. We had an even better year in 2011!

Here are a few highlights from 2011.

BEST OF HILOBROW: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 1Q2022 | 2Q2022 | 3Q2022 | 4Q2022 SNEAK PEEK.

  • James Parker’s serialized swearing-animal novella, The Ballad of Cocky the Fox, with illustrations by Kristin Parker and an erudite/puerile newsletter (The Sniffer) by Patrick Cates. The serialization began in 2010; in 2011, we wrapped up the series, and produced hard copies (and t-shirts, and limited-edition art prints) for our Kickstarter backers. We have since published a few updates and additions, under the title The Cockarillion.

  • Linda Linda Linda, a serialized novella — this one a “hollow-earth retirement adventure” complete with an original soundtrack and choreographed dances — by the multitalented Karinne Keithley Syers. Illustrations by Rascal Jace Smith.

  • Dozens of new HiLo Hero posts, written by contributors Alix Lambert, Lynn Peril, Gary Panter, Peggy Nelson, Mimi Lipson, Chris Lanier, Deb Chachra, Tor Aarestad, Luc Sante, Brian Berger, Greg Rowland, David Smay, Adrienne Crew, Tim Carmody, Franklin Bruno, Joshua Glenn, Mark Kingwell, Jason Grote, Patrick Cates, Tom Nealon, Tosh Berman, Kio Stark, Adam McGovern, Amanda French, Barbara Bogaev, and Mike Fleisch.



  • The following posts — among others — by HILOBROW’s Joshua Glenn, who…

    … revealed the truth about Elvis’s Krishna consciousness in Blue Krishma!;

    … analyzed Mike Watt’s opera Hyphenated-Man in light of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights in Mike Watt: hilobrow;

    … distinguished between Rebooting (reviving the spirit of a phenomenon from the past and giving it contemporary relevance), and Retro (reanimating the phenomenon itself, forcing its spiritless corpse — the technical term is kitsch — to shuffle among us tragicomically), in Rebootiana;

    … identified the older dancer who introduces the Pogo in the Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night as the pioneering social anthropologist Clifford Geertz, in Origin of the Pogo;

    … and, in Enter Highbrowism, he discovered a 1911 Radium Age science fiction story in which the highbrow is described as a mutant species — homo superior, except inferior at everything but striking radical chic poses and getting invited to dinner parties.


  • A series (4CP Friday), in which the following guest curators detected uniquely meaningful patterns (Grids! Creeps! Resolution! Monsters! Sins! White eyes! Shadows! Effacement! God’s wings!) within John Hilgart’s amazing 4CP collection of comic-book details: Joe Alterio, Matthew Battles, Deb Chachra, Scott Edelman, Danny Fingeroth, Joshua Glenn, John Hilgart, Chris Lanier, Dan Nadel, Annie Nocenti, Kristin Parker, Lynn Peril, Eric Reynolds, Greg Rowland, David Smay, Matthew Specktor, Dan Wagstaff, and Rob Walker.

  • Comics written by Adam McGovern, including the sci-fi adventure Idoru Jones.
  • And lots of other posts, too many to mention here.


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