By George!

By: Eli Battles
February 27, 2013

Milestone alert! As of today, HILOBROW has assigned one thousand HILO HERO items. Just over 900 of these items have been published since Fred Astaire became the first HiLo Hero back in May 2009. The other almost-100 assigned HiLo Hero items (plus who knows how many scores more the future may bring) will be published in 2013.

I’d like to point out that one of the most common first names among HiLo Heroes is… GEORGE. That’s not counting GEORG (Simmel) or GEORGES (Bataille, Darien, Perec, Simenon).

Here they are, twelve HiLo Heroes — and one test case — named George. Click on the images to read the items.

META-HILO HERO SERIES: By George! | Meet the Smiths | Towards a HiLo Hero Color Wheel


Filmmaker GEORGE A. ROMERO


Humorist GEORGE ADE (at left)


Humorist GEORGE CARLIN


Cartoonist GEORGE HERRIMAN


Country musician GEORGE JONES


Filmmaker GEORGE KUCHAR (at left)


Explorer GEORGE MALLORY


Poet GEORGE OPPEN (at left)


Playwright GEORGE S. KAUFMAN

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Author GEORGE V. HIGGINS


Culture critic GEORGE W.S. TROW


Composer GEORGE WALKER

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Matthew Battles once provocatively argued that middlebrow filmmaker GEORGE LUCAS deserves recognition as a kind of negative version of the HiLo Hero.

PS: I have it on good authority that future HiLo Heroes named George (and Georges) might include: Orwell, Saunders, Steiner, MacDonald, and Franju.

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META-HILO HERO SERIES: By George! | Meet the Smiths | Towards a HiLo Hero Color Wheel

What do you think?

  1. Outstanding to see the words of another Battles here! Keep up the good work. (And is Georges Simenon coming again? I thought he appeared once already.)

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