March 31, 2020
Here’s what HILOBROW published in January, February, and March 2020.
We hope this post finds HILOBROW’s readers safe and sound.
The weekly series, here at HILOBROW in 2020, is: KLAATU YOU. We’ve invited 52 of our friends and regular contributors to wax enthusiastic about some of their favorite pre-Star Wars sci-fi movies! Here’s the 1Q2020 lineup:
INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn | Matthew De Abaitua on ZARDOZ | Miranda Mellis on METROPOLIS | Rob Wringham on THE INVISIBLE MAN | Michael Grasso on THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN | Gordon Dahlquist on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY | Erik Davis on DARK STAR | Carlo Rotella on THE OMEGA MAN | Madeline Ashby on KISS ME DEADLY | Adam McGovern on SILENT RUNNING | Michael Lewy on THIS ISLAND EARTH | Josh Glenn on WILD IN THE STREETS | Mimi Lipson on BARBARELLA vs. SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS | Vanessa Berry on THE FLY.
Josh Glenn is editor of the KLAATU YOU series. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom have donated their fees to the ACLU.
During 1Q2020, we published Josh Glenn’s TAKING THE MICKEY, a series of 15 posts surfacing and dimensionalizing the unspoken norms and forms encoded in Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse character. Here’s the lineup:
MINSTREL MICKEY | TRICKSTER MICKEY | A GOOD AMERICAN | HIGH-LOWBROW MICKEY | ICONIC MICKEY | NEOTONIC MICKEY | DONALD STEALS THE SHOW | MICKEY’S DORK AGE | FORTIES BACKLASH | DISNEY CO. MASCOT | FIFTIES BACKLASH | SIXTIES BACKLASH | “I’M THE MOUSE” | NOBROW MICKEY | TAKING THE MICKEY.
Adam McGovern’s irregular series OFF-TOPIC continues to deliver over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship. Here’s the 1Q2020 lineup:
Tom Nealon continues to interrogate suspect food history, and embellish his findings with outlandish, yet compelling theories of his own, in his series STUFFED. Here’s the 1Q2020 lineup:
We published five new installments in Josh Glenn’s BEST ADVENTURES PROJECT, which chronicles his attempt to identify the 10 best adventures he’s read from each year of the 20th century. Here’s the 1Q2020 lineup:
- BEST 1984 ADVENTURES, from NEUROMANCER and BRIARPATCH to THE SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING
- BEST 1985 ADVENTURES, from THE HANDMAID’S TALE and BLOOD MERIDIAN to CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS
- BEST 1986 ADVENTURES, from THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS to HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
- BEST 1987 ADVENTURES, from CONSIDER PHLEBAS and WISE CHILD to THE BLACK DAHLIA
- BEST 1988 ADVENTURES, from MONA LISA OVERDRIVE and THE PLAYER OF GAMES to FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM
Each BEST ADVENTURES installment was first published as 10 individual posts. We’ve also added a new BEST ADVENTURES series index page, during 1Q2020: BEST EIGHTIES ADVENTURE (1984–1993).
We’ve continued to publish Josh Glenn’s DIAMOND AGE SCI-FI 75, a weekly lit-list series aiming to identify his favorite science-fiction adventures published during the Eighties (1984–1993) and Nineties (1994–2003). Here’s the 1Q2020 lineup:
Ken MacLeod’s THE STONE CANAL | Iain M. Banks’s EXCESSION | William Gibson’s IDORU | Molly Gloss’s THE DAZZLE OF THE DAY | Warren Ellis’s TRANSMETROPOLITAN | Jonathan Lethem’s AS SHE CLIMBED ACROSS THE TABLE | Connie Willis’s TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG | Jonathan Lethem’s GIRL IN LANDSCAPE | Octavia E. Butler’s PARABLE OF THE TALENTS | Iain M. Banks’s INVERSIONS | Ken MacLeod’s THE CASSINI DIVISION | Susan Price’s THE STERKARM HANDSHAKE | Warren Ellis’s PLANETARY.
In January, we wrapped up the Winter 2019–2020 installment of our annual 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE — reprinting object-oriented stories originally contributed to SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS. Here’s the 2020 lineup:
HILOBROW friend Patrick Cates is a dedicated connoisseur of bizarre, deranged, absurd images that one can find circulating online. CARPE PHALLUM is a series collecting 10 favorite examples.
The UNBORED CANON series reprinted book and movie lists — for kids and families — from three books co-authored by Josh Glenn: UNBORED: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun (2012), UNBORED Games (2014), and UNBORED Adventure (2015). Here’s the lineup:
DIY FICTION | GRAPHIC NOVELS | GROWNUP-FREE ADVENTURES | PUZZLER & MAKER FICTION | MOVIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD | CAR-FREE MOVIES | ANIMAL MOVIES | ADVENTURE MOVIES | DYSTOPIAN ADVENTURES | SPOOKY HOUSE ADVENTURES
Richard Connell’s story “The Most Dangerous Game” appears on HILOBROW’s list of the Best Adventures of 1924. The story enters the public domain in 2020; HiLoBooks serialized this terrific yarn here at HILOBROW.
The May–June–July 1924 edition of Weird Tales featured a story credited to Harry Houdini. “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” describes how the escape artist was thrown down a hole near the Great Sphinx, where he witnessed Lovecraft-ish ancient horrors. (Years later it was revealed that Houdini had in fact collaborated with Lovecraft on the story.) During 1Q2020, HiLoBooks began serializing “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” — which entered the public domain in 2020 — here at HILOBROW.
On to 2Q2020…