June 25, 2020

Here’s a preview of our publishing plans for July, August, and September 2020. We hope this post finds HILOBROW readers safe and sound, and (all things considered) doing OK. Onward…

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This summer’s ENTHUSIASM series, here at HILOBROW, is dedicated to punk songs of the Seventies (1974–1983, according to our eccentric periodization schema). We’ve invited 25 HILOBROW friends and regulars to decide for themselves what “punk” means. Here’s the CARBONA YOUR ENTHUSIASM lineup:

Mimi Lipson on Flipper’s “Sex Bomb” | James Parker on The Jam’s “Going Underground” | Dan Fox on The Cramps’ “Human Fly” | Adrienne Crew on Bad Brains’ “I and I Survive” | Devin McKinney on Romeo Void’s “Never Say Never” | Deb Chachra on The Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love” | Mark Kingwell on The Demics’ “New York City” | Jessamyn West on Dead Kennedys’ “Kill the Poor” | Douglas Wolk on The Homosexuals’ “Soft South Africans” | Josh Glenn on The Freeze’s “This is Boston, Not L.A.” | Stephanie Burt on Sorry’s “Imaginary Friend” | Luc Sante on Public Image Ltd.’s “Public Image” | Miranda Mellis on X-Ray Spex’s “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” | Adam McGovern on The Clash’s “Washington Bullets” | Mandy Keifetz on Germs’ “Forming” | Gordon Dahlquist on The Sex Pistols’ “Problems” | Anthony Miller on The Soft Boys’ “I Wanna Destroy You” | Deborah Wassertzug on The Mekons’ “Where Were You?” | Tor Aarestad on Gang of Four’s “Return the Gift” | Marc Weidenbaum on The Pop Rivets’ “Dream of ’63” | David Smay on The Rezillos’ “(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures” | Vanessa Berry on The Cure’s “So What” | Chelsey Johnson on The Slits’ “Typical Girls” | Lynn Peril on Crass’s “Smother Love” | Mike Watt on The Dils’ “You’re Not Blank”.

Josh Glenn is editor of CARBONA YOUR ENTHUSIASM. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom have donated their fees to the ACLU.


The weekly series, here at HILOBROW in 2020, is KLAATU YOU. We’ve invited 52 friends and regular contributors to wax enthusiastic about their favorite pre-Star Wars sci-fi movies! Here’s the 3Q2020 lineup:

David Levine on THE STEPFORD WIVES | Karinne Keithley Syers on ALPHAVILLE | Carolyn Kellogg on IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE | Sara Ryan on ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN | Lisa Jane Persky on PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE | Shawn Wolfe on ROLLERBALL | Gerald Peary on CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON | Wayne Chambliss on THEM! and PHASE IV | Seth on WAR OF THE WORLDS | James Hannaham on GOJIRA/GODZILLA | Lydia Millet on VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED | Matthew Daniel on FANTASTIC VOYAGE | J.C. Gabel on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS | Alison Fensterstock on ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

Josh Glenn is editor of KLAATU YOU. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom have donated their fees to the ACLU.


Peggy Nelson will continue to investigate art and the virtual life through her regular series EYE CANDY and SIMULACRA.


Adam McGovern’s series OFF-TOPIC will continue to deliver over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship.


Tom Nealon will continue to interrogate suspect food history, and embellish his findings with outlandish, yet compelling theories of his own, in his series STUFFED.


We’ll publish 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 3Q2020 lineup:

  • BEST 1993 ADVENTURES, from Parable of the Sower and The Night Manager to Trainspotting
  • BEST 1994 ADVENTURES, from Kolymsky Heights and Trinities to Hellboy
  • BEST 1995 ADVENTURES, from The Diamond Age and Our Game to Black Hole
  • BEST 1996 ADVENTURES, from Alias Grace and Fight Club to Excession
  • BEST 1997 ADVENTURES, from A History of Violence and Transmetropolitan to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Each BEST ADVENTURES installment will first be published as 10 individual posts.


We’ll wrap up 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 3Q2020 lineup:

Elizabeth Moon’s SPEED OF DARK | Ken MacLeod’s ENGINE CITY | Maureen F. McHugh’s MISSION CHILD | Charles Stross’s SINGULARITY SKY | Margaret Atwood’s ORYX AND CRAKE | William Gibson’s PATTERN RECOGNITION.


Peggy Nelson’s series CROSS-POST will continue to introduce HILOBROW readers to the output of some of her favorite bloggers.

In January 1924, London’s The Strand Magazine published “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire,” the 52nd Sherlock Holmes story by the brilliant Scottish fabulist Arthur Conan Doyle. During 3Q2020, HILOBROW will serialize this story, which entered the public domain in 2020, for our readers!


On to 3Q2020…