September 27, 2021

Here’s a look back at what HILOBROW published in July, August, and September 2021. — JOSH

BEST OF HILOBROW: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2121 | 1Q2022 | 2Q2022 | 3Q2022 SNEAK PEEK.

Also see: HYPOCRITE IDLER 3Q2021.


Illustration by Carolyn Raship

During 3Q2021, we published a 25-part series — SWERVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM — on the topic of our favorite unfinished masterworks, legendary obscurities and cherished almost-weres. Here’s the lineup:

SERIES INTRODUCTION by Adam McGovern | Luc Sante on WARHOL’S WALT WHITMAN | Peggy Nelson on THE CURSE OF QUIXOTE | Adrienne Crew on POOR DEVIL | Bishakh Som on KATE BUSH BOOTLEGS | Douglas Wolk on BIG NUMBERS #3 | Devin McKinney on THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA | Mandy Keifetz on BACKFIRE | Heather Quinlan on TRANSITIONAL DISNEY | Michael Grasso on STEELY DAN’S 2nd ARRANGEMENT | Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons on THE GREAT MOVIE RIDE | Josh Glenn on LE HIBOU PHILOSOPHE | Lynn Peril on 70, GIRLS, 70 | Ron Wimberly on SHIRATO SANPEI | Holly Interlandi on LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT |Stan Chou on TYRAEL’S MIGHT | Nikhil Singh on JOURNEY TO IXTLAN | Brian Lozano on BLOWN BANNER | Adam McGovern on THE LEON SUITES | Sajan Saini on BRISCO COUNTY | Heather Kapplow on LORD OF LIGHT | Greg Rowland on SOLARNAUTS | Christopher-Rashee Stevenson on FLEDGLING | Crystal Durant on TURN-ON | Ran Xia on BYRON’S FRAGMENT | Carolyn Raship on BURNT BRONTË.

Adam McGovern edited SWERVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom have donated their honoraria to the ACLU.


In September, we kicked off YUKO ODA, a 10-part series featuring works by the talented artist and HILOBROW friend Yuko Oda. (Oda’s exhibit “The Heaviness and Lightness of Being” is at Fitchburg State’s Hammond Gallery from September 1 through October 8.) HILOBROW’s series, which includes commentary on each piece by the artist, will continue running through October.


Maxtape II album art by Hiero Maar

Also in September we published PARAMAX, a three-part series in which talented musician and HILOBROW friend Max Glenn guides our listening to his latest release, Maxtape II.


The crypt under the Cathedral of San Gennaro, where his bones are stored.

On September 19 — the Feast of San Genarro — world traveler and HILOBROW friend Wayne Chambliss explained the BLOOD SIMPLE ritual.


Peggy Nelson continued to investigate art and the virtual life through her two irregular series EYE CANDY and SIMULACRA.

Here’s the 3Q2021 lineup: SIMULACRA 14: Cory McAbee mimics monarch migration – and you can too | EYE CANDY 48: Ken Burns Says “Jazz” 3 Billion Times by Bill Baird | EYE CANDY 49: The 500th week of Marc Weidenbaum’s Disquiet Junto

PS: Peggy also contributed an installment on THE CURSE OF QUIXOTE to the SWERVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM series.


Adam McGovern continued to deliver over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship via his monthly-ish series OFF-TOPIC.

Here’s the 3Q2021 lineup: WHO RESCUED ANYBODY: Swapping minds with Mac Rogers as GIVE ME AWAY comes to Earth | BUILDING A METAPHOR: Sheltering in space with ALMA BAYA’s creators and enactors | COMEBACK FROM THE DEAD: ABBA, Shang-Chi, KISS and what’s right with this picture.

PS: Adam also contributed the INTRODUCTION and an installment on THE LEON SUITES to the SWERVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM series.


Matthew Battles continued to produce the series BESTIARY, which offers idiosyncratic investigations into how animals show up in human culture.

Here’s the 3Q2021 lineup: Alix Lambert on ANIMAL: Spirit animal of a generation. | Jessamyn West on HYRAX: The original shoegaze mammal. | Josh Glenn on BEAVER: Busy as a beaver ~ Eager beaver ~ Beaver patrol. | Adam McGovern on FIREFLY: I would know it was my birthday / when….


In August, we were pleased to present LI’L REUSCH, a 10-part series — cross-posted from Instagram — featuring childhood drawings by the talented artist-illustrator and HILOBROW friend Mister Reusch.


In August and September, we were pleased to present GOOD WORK JOE, a 10-part series — cross-posted from Instagram — featuring short comics by the talented artist-illustrator and HILOBROW friend Joe Alterio.


Peggy Nelson’s CROSS-POST sub-series ANATOMY OF NORBITON series, which showcased entries from Toby Ferris’s eponymous website, reached a stopping-point in September. Here’s Peggy’s outro for the NORBITON series.


Illustration from the original publication of “The Third Drug” in The Strand.

We continued to serialize proto-sf stories from the emerging genre’s RADIUM AGE, c. 1900–1935. (We began serializing Radium Age stories in Spring 2012; we’re now in our 10th year of doing so.) Here’s the 3Q2021 lineup:

We also began serializing THE MOON POOL, a 1919 proto-sf novel — often cited as an influence on Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos — by Abraham Merritt.

HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn is editor of the RADIUM AGE series of reissued proto-sf novels and stories forthcoming in Spring 2022 from MIT Press. More info on this project here.


The series SUMMER ’21 was a slideshow of images from Summer 1921.


On to 4Q2021…




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