December 31, 2019
Here’s what HILOBROW published during 2019 — our 11th year (10th full year) in business. Many thanks to our first-time contributors, as well as to our many regular contributors and long-time friends!
In August, HILOBROW published CONVOY YOUR ENTHUSIASM, a series analyzing and celebrating 25 of our contributors’ favorite action movies from the Seventies (1974–1983). Here’s the lineup:
INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn
Madeline Ashby on BLADE RUNNER | Erik Davis on BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA | Mimi Lipson on CONVOY | Luc Sante on BLACK SUNDAY | Josh Glenn on THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR | Lisa Jane Persky on SORCERER | Devin McKinney on THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE | Adam McGovern on QUINTET | Mandy Keifetz on DEATH RACE 2000 | Peter Doyle on SOUTHERN COMFORT | Jonathan Lethem on STRAIGHT TIME | Heather Kapplow on THE KILLER ELITE | Tom Nealon on EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE | Mark Kingwell on THE EIGER SANCTION | Sherri Wasserman on ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK | Gordon Dahlquist on MARATHON MAN | David Levine on PARALLAX VIEW | Matthew Sharpe on ROLLERBALL | Ramona Lyons on ALIEN | Dan Piepenbring on WHITE LINE FEVER | Marc Weidenbaum on THIEF | Carolyn Kellogg on MAD MAX | Carlo Rotella on KUNG FU | Peggy Nelson on SMOKEY & THE BANDIT | Brian Berger on FRIDAY FOSTER.
Josh Glenn edited CONVOY YOUR ENTHUSIASM. He is very grateful to the series contributors, many of whom donated their fees to the ACLU.
The weekly ENTHUSIASM series, at HILOBROW during 2019, was: SERIOCOMIC. We invited 52 of HILOBROW’s friends and contributors to wax enthusiastic about some of their favorite comic books and strips. Here’s the 2019 lineup:
Mimi Lipson on LITTLE LULU | Sara Ryan on AMPHIGOREY | Gary Panter on THE NUT BROS./THE SQUIRREL CAGE | Gordon Dahlquist on POGO | Robert Wringham on VIZ | Matthew De Abaitua on CAPTAIN BRITAIN | Jessamyn West on FUN HOME | Bradley Peterson on HELLBOY | Stephanie Burt on KITTY PRYDE RETURNS | Jenny Davidson on OOR WULLIE | Luc Sante on MARSUPILAMI | Susan Roe on BLOOM COUNTY | Marilyn Berlin Snell on CHARLES ADDAMS | Deb Chachra on ARKHAM ASYLUM | Judith Zissman on ERNIE POOK’S COMEEK | Alexandra Lange on BETTY (ARCHIE) | Catherine Newman on VERONICA (ARCHIE) | Josh Glenn on SPIRE CHRISTIAN COMICS | Adam McGovern on THE CREW | William Nericcio on ERRATA STIGMATA | Chelsey Johnson on DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR | Sherri Wasserman on TANK GIRL | Tom Nealon on MEGATON MAN | Erin M. Routson on THE WEDDING OF SCOTT SUMMERS & JEAN GREY | Douglas Wolk on FRANK IN THE RIVER | Annie Nocenti on DICK TRACY | James Parker on 2000 AD | Adrienne Crew on NUTS | Vanessa Berry on MEAT CAKE | John Holbo on WITZEND | Michael Campochiaro on SPIDER-WOMAN | Miranda Mellis on RED SONJA & BÊLIT | Michael Grasso on THE NEW MUTANTS | Ty Burr on BINKY BROWN | Bishakh Som on AMAR CHITRA KATHA | Mark Kingwell on CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED | Brian Berger on JIMBO | Kenya (Robinson) on AGENT 355 | Seth on THE ETERNALS ANNUAL | 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 edited SERIOCOMIC. He is very grateful to the series contributors, many of whom donated their fees to the ACLU.
This year, HILOBROW published Adrienne Crew’s AFROFUTURISM, a series exploring the aesthetics and visual rhetoric of Afrofuturist movies, TV, fiction, and more. Here’s the series lineup:
INTRODUCTION by Adrienne Crew
Josh Glenn and Rob Walker are co-editors of PROJECT:OBJECT, which publishes true stories about surprisingly significant objects. In 2019, HILOBROW published two new P:O series. Josh and Rob are grateful to the series contributors, many of whom donated their fees to the ACLU.
During 2Q2019, HILOBROW published FETISHES, a series featuring 25 stories about objects with which Project:Object’s contributors are obsessed, to which they are devoted, and from the influence of which they cannot escape. Here’s the lineup:
INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker
Josh Foer on DEATH MASK | Beth Lisick on MURDERED-OUT KFC BUCKET | Ramona Lyons on RABBIT BOX | Friederike Paetzold on OLD HANDS | Katya Apekina on MISSISSIPPI WATER | Matthew Daniel on PIPE CLEANER FIGURE | Christina Couch on LEECH ACTION FIGURE | Kenneth Goldsmith on THEWLIS SOCK | Matthew Sharpe on GLASSES | Katrina Brown Hunt on DAY OF THE DEAD FIGURINE | Niela Orr on IVERSON SNEAKERS | Toni Schlesinger on CLOUD ERASE BOARD | Carlo Rotella on TONE BAR | Hilary Greenbaum on FAMILY PHOTO | Mimi Lipson on CLAWFOOT TUB | Wayne Chambliss on MATRYOSHKA CHEST | Chelsea Barabas on SWITCHBLADE | Ciara O’Rourke on MOLLY McINTIRE DOLL | Kelli Anderson on MIURA-ORI FOLD | Shawn Wolfe on BOX OF AYDS | Alyssa Giacobbe on LOVE NOTE | Marc Weidenbaum on DUMMY JACK | Abby Rapoport on MAGNATILES | Bryn Smith on DUCK UMBRELLA | Kerry Lauerman on WALL ORGANIZER.
Thanks, Chris Piascik, for the uncanny FETISHES volume logo.
During 4Q2019, HILOBROW published LOST OBJECTS vol. 2. Josh and Rob invited 25 writers to reminisce about an object which they no longer possess. (Perhaps they lost it, or it was stolen, or they gave it away, sold it, or destroyed it?) Some of the stories were assigned to illustrators; and in a new twist, some of the stories were illustrated by their authors. Here’s the lineup:
INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker
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).
Lynn Peril continued 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. Here’s the 2019 PLANET OF PERIL lineup:
ON THE SIDELINES | THE JAZZ MANIAC | THE GREAT HAIRCUT CRISIS | DOMESTIC HANDS | SPORTS WATCHING 101 | SPACE SECRETARY | THE CAVE MAN LOVER | THE GUIDE ESCORT SERVICE | WHO’S GUILTY? | PEACHES AND DADDY | STAG SHOPPING.
Alas, the PLANET OF PERIL series won’t return in 2020. Lynn Peril is working on an exciting new venture that will require all of her attention. We’re sorry to see her column go, but thrilled about what she’s planning…
Tom Nealon continued to interrogate suspect food history, and embellish his findings with outlandish, yet compelling theories of his own, in his series STUFFED. Here’s the 2019 STUFFED lineup:
WHO ATE WHO? | LAYING IT ON THICK | MAYO MIXTURES | MUSICAL TASTE | ELECTRIFIED BREADCRUMBS | DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION | THE ISLAND OF LOST CONDIMENTS | FLASH THE HASH | BRUNSWICK STEW: B.S. | FLASH THE HASH, pt. 2 | THE ARK OF THE CONDIMENT.
Adam McGovern’s new, irregular series OFF-TOPIC delivered over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship. Here’s the 2019 OFF-TOPIC lineup:
ALL I EVER LEARNED | THE NEUROLOGY OF THE SOUL | ALAS ARCANE | NOT YOUR FATHER’S | NO PLACE | USE YOUR ILLUSION | INTO THE ARENA | HELL IS EACH OTHER | OUR ROBOT OVERTIME | SELF STORAGE | NOT PICTURED | SHE HAD SOME HORSES.
Also, in October Adam reviewed Annie Nocenti and Flavia Biondi’s new Dark Horse comic, Ruby Falls.
Peggy Nelson’s revived series EYE CANDY investigated art and the virtual life. Here’s the 2019 EYE CANDY lineup:
Peggy also edits a new series, here at HILOBROW: CROSS-POST. The 2019 CROSS-POST lineup features selected posts from Marc Weidenbaum’s blog, disquiet:
INTRODUCTION by Peggy Nelson
Listening to and in the Mars Trilogy | Stare back in time and time stares back at you. | Sound and comics, it’s a thing | I keep the subtitles on at night | Think of the reverberations | This is a test. This is only a test.
That’s not all! Peggy’s latest series, SIMULACRA, is concerned with copies, reenactments, repetitions and revisionings. Here’s the 2019 SIMULACRA lineup:
We published the following 19 new installments in Josh Glenn’s BEST ADVENTURES. The series chronicles Josh ‘s ongoing, years-long attempt to identify his favorite 10 adventures from each year of the 20th century. Here’s the lineup:
BEST 1904 ADVENTURES | BEST 1909 ADVENTURES | BEST 1914 ADVENTURES | BEST 1919 ADVENTURES | BEST 1924 ADVENTURES | BEST 1929 ADVENTURES | BEST 1934 ADVENTURES | BEST 1939 ADVENTURES | BEST 1944 ADVENTURES | BEST 1949 ADVENTURES | BEST 1954 ADVENTURES | BEST 1959 ADVENTURES | BEST 1969 YA & YYA ADVENTURES | BEST 1970 YA & YYA ADVENTURES | BEST 1971 YA & YYA ADVENTURES | BEST 1972 YA & YYA ADVENTURES | BEST 1973 YA & YYA ADVENTURES | BEST 1974 ADVENTURES | BEST 1979 ADVENTURES.
Each BEST ADVENTURES installment was first published as 10 individual posts. ALso, with the end of the BEST ADVENTURES project in sight, this year we grouped its various installments into the following handy pages:
100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE OUGHTS (1904–1913) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE TEENS (1914–1923) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE TWENTIES (1924–1933) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE THIRTIES (1934–1943) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE FORTIES (1944–1953) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE FIFTIES (1954–1963) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE SIXTIES (1964–1973) | 100 BEST ADVENTURES OF THE SEVENTIES (1974–1983)
This year, we began publishing a new weekly lit-list series, DIAMOND AGE 75, which aims to identify Josh Glenn’s 75 favorite science-fiction novels published during the Eighties (1984–1993) and Nineties (1994–2003). Here’s the 2019 series lineup:
William Gibson’s NEUROMANCER | K.W. Jeter’s DR. ADDER | Bruce Sterling’s SCHISMATRIX | Margaret Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE | Orson Scott Card’s ENDER’S GAME | Greg Bear’s BLOOD MUSIC | Frank Miller’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS | Philip K. Dick’s RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH | William Gibson’s COUNT ZERO | Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN | Octavia E. Butler’s DAWN | Iain M. Banks’s CONSIDER PHLEBAS | Ursula K. Le Guin’s ALWAYS COMING HOME | Iain M. Banks’s THE PLAYER OF GAMES | Octavia E. Butler’s ADULTHOOD RITES | William Gibson’s MONA LISA OVERDRIVE | Octavia E. Butler’s IMAGO | Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s DOOM PATROL | Shirow Masamune’s GHOST IN THE SHELL | Dan Simmon’s HYPERION | Lois McMaster Bujold’s THE VOR GAME | Iain M. Banks’s USE OF WEAPONS | William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE | Karen Joy Fowler’s SARAH CANARY | John Barnes’s ORBITAL RESONANCE | Pat Cadigan’s SYNNERS | Neal Stephenson’s SNOW CRASH | Kim Stanley Robinson’s RED MARS | Maureen McHugh’s CHINA MOUNTAIN ZHANG | Octavia E. Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER | Jeff Noon’s VURT | 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 THE 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 | Mary Doria Russell’s THE SPARROW.
Early this year, we wrapped up the weekly NEW WAVE SCI-FI 75 series, which identified Josh Glenn’s 75 favorite sci-fi novels published during the Sixties (1964–1973) and Seventies (1974–1983). Here’s the 2019 lineup:
Stanislaw Lem’s THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS | John Sladek’s RODERICK AT RANDOM | Octavia E. Butler’s WILD SEED | Russell Hoban’s RIDDLEY WALKER | David Bowie’s ZIGGY STARDUST album | Philip K. Dick’s VALIS | Alan Moore’s graphic novel V FOR VENDETTA | Brian Aldiss’s GREYBEARD | Katsuhiro Otomo’s graphic novel AKIRA | James Tiptree Jr.’s UP THE WALLS OF THE WORLD.
During 2019, we published Josh Glenn’s LISTEN, HOLLYWOOD!, a 10-part series offering unsolicited advice to producers looking to adapt great, overlooked 20th-century adventure novels for movies or TV. Here’s the lineup:
Michael Innes’s FROM LONDON FAR | P.G. Wodehouse’s LEAVE IT TO PSMITH | Peter Dickinson’s CHANGES TRILOGY | Robert Heinlein’s GLORY ROAD | Poul Anderson’s THE HIGH CRUSADE | Edgar Rice Burroughs’s TARZAN AND THE FOREIGN LEGION | G.K. Chesterton’s THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL | Michael Innes’s THE JOURNEYING BOY | Alfred Jarry’s EXPLOITS AND OPINIONS OF DR. FAUSTROLL, PATAPHYSICIAN | André Gide’s THE VATICAN CAVES [LAFCADIO’S ADVENTURES].
Finally, we published Josh Glenn’s A IS FOR ADVENTURE, an irregular series featuring notes towards 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. Here’s the lineup:
A-OK to AVENGER | BADASS to BUSHIDO | CAHOOTS to CWTCH | DAB HAND to DYNO | EAT IT to EXPLOIT | FACE to FUGAZI | GALAHAD to GUNG-HO | HACK to HURT LOCKER | ILL to IRISH | JACK to JURY-RIG | KAPUT to KNUCKLE UP | LABONZA to LOCK AND LOAD | MACGYVER to MOXIE | NAIL to NUTS | O.G. to OUTRÉ | PACKING to PUNK | QUANDARY to QUIXOTIC | RAFFISH to RURITANIA | SAFARI to SWASHBUCKLE | TAILSPIN to TWEENER | UMBRAGE to UPTAKE | VALIANT to VOYAGE | WALK THE WALK to WRANGLE | X to X MARKS THE SPOT | YIPPEE KI-YAY to YOLO | ZEALOUS to ZOOM.
In his September 25 Washington Post column, book critic Michael Dirda offered a belated but heartfelt shout-out to HiLoBooks’ reissue of E.V. Odle’s Radium Age sci-fi novel The Clockwork Man. Excerpt:
This edition features an excellent introduction by Annalee Newitz, who opens with a funny but accurate summary of the novel:
“If you don’t stop making war on each other, one day women will team up with benevolent, naked aliens and implant you with a clock that controls your behavior and sends you into a timeless multiverse. Oh and also? That timeless multiverse will be full of hat and wig stores.”
Is The Clockwork Man, then, serious or slapstick? In fact, it’s both, very much in the manner of H.G. Wells’s comparably serio-comic The Invisible Man and The First Men in the Moon.
“Given ongoing advances in robotics and medical technology, not to mention the possibility of uploading consciousness into a computer,” Dirda’s review concludes, “The Clockwork Man seems, so to speak, both timely and alarming.”
Radium Age Science Fiction fans, take heart! HiLoBooks is negotiating with a (great) publisher to revive this series, in 2021…
In January, we finished publishing ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE, a series that reprinted object-oriented fiction originally written for Josh Glenn and Rob Walker’s 2009–2010 anthropological-literary experiment SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS. Here’s the 1Q2019 ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE series lineup:
In February and March, HILOBROW curated #FX, a selection of video art by Michael Lewy, whose current work explores midcentury sci-fi and horror movie practical effects. You can purchase a digital copy of Bigfoot Island: Chapter 2 here. Music and sound design by N.sputnik.
SENTINELS. Just in time for Walpurgisnacht — celebrated on the last night of April, when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with the Devil, according to German folklore — we were pleased to present an original horror story by HILOBROW friend Charlie Mitchell. Illustrations by Mister Reusch.
In October, we republished “Trump Agonistes” — a screed by HILOBROW friend Mandy Keifetz. The text originally appeared as a broadside created for the group show “Screed,” at the Brooklyn-based gallery Asphodel. Excerpt: “In ideal dystopia, the evil head of the EPA is a mad scientist, not a drooling CEO. The Vice-President is a brilliant Iago, not a deformed elf, cowering before the very spectre of sex. ”
In November–December, the reprint series MRS. K. brought us 10 excerpts from HILOBROW friend Heather Kasunick‘s Inktober drawing efforts. Each drawing was inspired by a song lyric, which in turn was inspired by an official Inktober prompt word.
At Christmastime, HILOBROW published eight installments in this year’s 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE series — which reprints object-oriented stories originally contributed to Josh Glenn and Rob Walker’s SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS. The 2019–2020 selection will bring the series total to 60. Here’s the 2019 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.
Four more stories to follow, in January…
In November–December, HILOBROW reprinted a baker’s dozen of stories about significant objects — originally published in 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:
INTRODUCTION | 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.
Here at HILOBROW during 2019, HiLoBooks serialized 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 Psmith.
On to 2020…