June 30, 2018

Here’s what HILOBROW published in April, May, and June 2018. Enjoy!

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A magical charm and golden braces, statement beads and a princely jacket, an anachronistic hat and plastic shoes, conversation-provoking nail polish and laptop stickers…. FLAIR, the fifth PROJECT:OBJECT volume, and the first of 2018, features 100% true tales — contributed by a talented crew of 25 authors and artists, researchers and curators, journalists and professors, and other PROJECT:OBJECT friends — about their significant accoutrements and appurtenances. Here’s FLAIR’s 2Q2018 lineup:

INTRODUCTION | Cliff Kuang on ROLEX DATEJUST | Ethan Zuckerman on LAPTOP STICKERS | Ann Shoket on LEATHER JACKET | Kembrew McLeod on KEMBREW MERCH | Paola Antonelli on MERMAID TEARS | Kanishka Raja on HANDMADE JACKET | Lynn Peril on BASEBALL RING | Rob Horning on NOTE PAD | Alexandra Lange on BEAD NECKLACE | Stephanie Burt on D&D EARRINGS | Michael Bierut on FEDORA | Debbie Millman on CHARM | Abram Himelstein on LUCKY 7 RING | Deb Chachra on HANDWRAPS | Jennifer Howze on HOLD-UP STOCKINGS | Mark Frauenfelder on CLARK KENT GLASSES | Adam McGovern on PLASTIC ALLIGATOR SHOES | Nicola Twilley on GOLD BRACES | Anne Quito on MUSEUM EARRINGS | Kristin Parker on STEEL BRACELET.

“Mermaid Tears” — Paola Antonelli’s favorite nail polish

Rob Walker and Josh Glenn are the editors of PROJECT:OBJECT. They are very grateful to FLAIR’s contributors, many of whom contributed their fees to the ACLU. In July, we’ll publish a few final installments in the FLAIR volume:

Hillary Chute on POCKET KNIFE | James Gaddy on RESTAURANT PEN | Davy Rothbart on SHOELACE BELT | David Hajdu on PINCE-NEZ | Bishakh Som on KNEE-HIGH BOOTS.



Adam McGovern added new installments in PANEL ZERO, his twice-per-quarter series of Q&As using comics as the nexus point for ripples or vectors through the culture. Here’s the 2Q2018 lineup:

  • APRIL: Working-Class Superhero. Outpouring with Dean Haspiel, live from The Last Bar at the End of the World.
  • MAY: Walk the Line. Thinking outside the borders with The Hookah Girl‘s Marguerite Dabaie.

Lynn Peril published new installments in her monthly series PLANET OF PERIL, which is primarily devoted to historical examples of what she has named “pink think”: ideas and attitudes about what constitutes proper female behavior. Here’s the 2Q2018 lineup:

  • APRIL: THE GHOST WEEPS. “Sir Vincent materialized and took Lady Caillard in his arms, weeping tears of joy.”
  • MAY: OLD MAID. “She is peevish, complaining, envious, malignant, covetous, wholly unsympathetic.”
  • JUNE: LADIES WHO’LL LUSH. “A lady is always a lady, cocktail or no cocktail.”

James Parker continued to bastardize THE KALEVALA, a Finnish sequence of folkloric songs, runes, and charms. We published one new KALEVALA installment, during 2Q2018:



This year’s weekly ENTHUSIASM series, here at HILOBROW, is: WOWEE ZOWEE. We’ve asked 52 of HILOBROW’s friends and contributors to wax enthusiastic about albums from the Nineties (1994–2003). Here’s the 2Q2018 lineup:

Rob Wringham on SPICE | Joe Alterio on BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE | Jason Loeffler on SECOND TOUGHEST IN THE INFANTS | Rick Pinchera on EITHER/OR | Josh Glenn on THE LONESOME CROWDED WEST | Jennifer Krasinski on SUPA DUPA FLY | Sara Ryan on DIG ME OUT | Luc Sante on MEZZANINE | Molly Wright Steenson on I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE | Franklin Bruno on ENGLAND MADE ME | Michael Campochiaro on IS THIS DESIRE? | Adrienne Crew on CALIFORNICATION | Drew Daniel on I SEE A DARKNESS.

Josh Glenn is editor of the WOWEE ZOWEE series. He is very grateful to its contributors, many of whom contributed their fees to the ACLU.

We continued publishing NEW WAVE SCI-FI 75, which aims to identify Josh Glenn’s 75 favorite science-fiction novels published during the Sixties (1964–1973) and Seventies (1974–1983). Here’s the 2Q2018 lineup:

Brian Aldiss’s Barefoot in the Head | Josephine Saxton’s The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith | Philip K. Dick’s A Maze of Death | Gene Wolfe’s The Fifth Head of Cerberus | John Sladek’s The Müller-Fokker Effect | J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition | Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven | Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins | Jane Gaskell’s A Sweet, Sweet Summer | Jack Kirby’s (pre-Fourth World) Sixties sci-fi comics | Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s A Roadside Picnic | and John Crowley’s The Deep.

The complete NEW WAVE SCI-FI 75 list (a work in progress) can be found here.



In June, we published a new installment in Adam McGovern’s textshow, his quarterly round-table discussion on various themes:



We published four 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 2Q2018 lineup:

ALSO: During 2Q2018, HiLoBooks continued serializing H. De Vere Stacpoole’s 1918 Avenger/Artful Dodger-type adventure novel The Man Who Lost Himself.

HILOBROW’s popular list of The 200 Greatest Adventure Novels of All Time is here.



HiLoBooks continued to reprint the insightful and inspiring RADIUM-AGE INTRODUCTIONS & AFTERWORDS that we commissioned for our 2012–2013 paperback editions of 10 Radium Age science-fiction novels. Here is the 2Q2018 lineup: James Parker vs. H. Rider Haggard’s When the World Shook | Tom Hodgkinson vs. Edward Shanks’s The People of the Ruins | Erik Davis vs. William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land.

Also during 2Q2018, HiLoBooks continued to serialize Jack London’s Radium Age sci-fi novel The Iron Heel (1908).

HILOBROW’s popular list of The 100 Best Radium Age Sci-Fi Novels is here.



We are grateful to Sihan Tan, for allowing us to publish “Proposal: Singapore”: “Museums will be discontinued and converted into state-of-the-art gyms.”



HILOBROW published one curated series during 2Q2018:


STERANKOISMS. Between 1966 and 1970, Jim Steranko drew seven complete Marvel comic books — four issues of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and three of Captain America — and stories in 22 other issues. As HILOBROW friend Douglas Wolk demonstrates, comics artists have been drawing tributes to his work ever since.


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