June 25, 2022

Here’s a preview of HILOBROW’s publishing plans for July, August, and September 2022.

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BLURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM artwork by Bishakh Som

During 3Q2022, we’ll publish the series BLURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Twenty-five HILOBROW friends, regulars, and newcomers will deliver brief remarks on mottos, mantras, speeches, slogans, and other words to live by. Here’s the lineup:

Ran Xia on BLACK CROW BELIEFS | Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons on LEFT-CORNER BRICK | Andrea Diaz on JOY IS RESISTANCE | Lynn Peril on TO THINE OWN SELF | Miranda Mellis on THE FUTURE IS PASSÉ | Bishakh Som on LET THE WEIRDNESS IN | Lucy Sante on FLAUBERT’S PERFECT WORD | Stefene Russell on CRYSTAL SETS | Crystal Durant on LIFE IS A BANQUET | Adam McGovern on EVERY MINUTE AN OCEAN | Josh Glenn on LUPUS LUPUM NON MORDET | Heather Quinlan on SHUT UP, HE EXPLAINED | Adrienne Crew on WATCH YOUR PENNIES | Art Wallace on COME ON AND GIVE A CHEER | Julia Lee Barclay-Morton on WILLIAM JAMES, UNADAPTED | Christopher-Rashee Stevenson on TO EACH HIS OWN | Nikhil Singh on ILLUMINATE OR DISSIPATE? | Mimi Lipson on CHEAP FOOD TASTES BETTER | Kahle Alford on NOT GONNA CRACK | Michele Carlo on YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT | Marguerite Dabaie on WALKING ON WATER | Raymond Nat Turner on TRYIN’ AND TRANEIN’ | Bob Laine on WHEN YOU GROW UP | Fran Pado on THE SMILEY EMOJI | Deborah Wassertzug on PLACING YOUR BETS. PLUS: BLURB SERIES CODA by Lisa Levy.

Adam McGovern is the BLURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM series editor. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom have donated their honoraria to Covenant House, which provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.


“This ridiculously entertaining book performs a neat conjuring trick. You will find your own lost objects flying back to you as you read about other people’s dearly departed things. The conceit is ingenious and the beautiful illustrations make each writer’s ‘rosebud’ flare into radiant life again.” — Jenny Offill

In 2017–2019, HILOBROW published two illustrated PROJECT:OBJECT “volumes” of nonfiction narratives about lost objects. In July, the indie art-book publisher Hat & Beard Press will bring out a book adaptation of this HILOBROW project: LOST OBJECTS: 50 STORIES ABOUT THE THINGS WE MISS AND WHY THEY MATTER.

Lost Objects, which was beautifully designed by Tony Leone Associates, features stories by writers including Geoff Manaugh, Lydia Millet, Paola Antonelli, Margaret Wertheim, Lucy Sante, and Matthew Sharpe; and illustrations by artists including Theo Ellsworth, Ben Katchor, Chris Piascik, Berta Vallo, Gary Panter, and Oliver Munday. Design guru Debbie Millman provides an introduction, while an appendix by PROJECT:OBJECT editors Josh Glenn and Rob Walker introduces the nascent scientific discipline of lostobjectology — and asks, “What’s your ‘Rosebud’?”

Going to be in NYC on June 30? If so, please drop by the indie bookstore McNally Jackson Seaport for the East Coast Lost Objects launch event. Josh Glenn, along with LO contributors Dan Fox, Mimi Lipson, Debbie Millman, Stephen O’Connor, and Lucy Sante, will share stories and insights. RSVP for this event here. Although this is technically a pre-sale event, there will be copies of the book there….

Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order Lost Objects, along with limited-edition posters, here. The checkout code LOSTOBJECTS will take 20% off the price of either the book or a book/poster combo.


Cover designed & illustrated by Seth

In August MIT Press’s RADIUM AGE proto-sf reissue series, which is edited by HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn, will publish two additional titles: Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood (1902–1903, with a new introduction by Minister Faust); and J.J. Connington’s Nordenholt’s Million (1923, with a new introduction by Matthew Battles and a new afterword by Evan Hepler-Smith). More info on the RADIUM AGE series here.

As we’ve been doing for years now, meanwhile, here at HILOBROW we’ll serialize some of Josh’s favorite Radium Age proto-sf stories and novels. The 3Q2022 lineup:

  • We’ll wrap up Algernon Blackwood’s “A Victim of Higher Space” (1914)
  • We’ll wrap up J.D. Beresford’s The Hampdenshire Wonder (1911)
  • We’ll serialize A. Merritt’s “The People of the Pit” (1918)
  • We’ll serialize Julian Huxley’s “The Tissue-Culture King” (1926)
  • We’ll begin serializing Max Brand’s The Untamed (1919)


During 2Q2022, HILOBROW began publishing Josh’s weekly RADIUM AGE: TIMELINE series — notes towards a comprehensive account of the emerging science fiction genre’s 1900–1935 era.

In 3Q2022, we’ll continue to surface proto-sf stories and novels, as well as scientific and technological breakthroughs, and relevant social and cultural developments, from the following years: 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919.


HILOBROW will also publish a few new installments in the (very) irregular RADIUM AGE POETRY series. Here’s the 3Q2022 lineup:

W.E. Henley’s A SONG OF SPEED | H.L. Mencken’s A BALLAD OF LOOKING | George Sterling’s THE TESTIMONY OF THE SUNS | Vachel Lindsay’s THE SCIENTIFIC ASPIRATION | Thomas Hardy’s EPITAPH FOR G.K. CHESTERTON | Archibald MacLeish’s EINSTEIN | Thomas Thornely’s THE ATOM.


Adam McGovern, shown at work here, will continue to deliver over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship via his monthly-ish series OFF-TOPIC.


Peggy Nelson, shown at work here, will continue to investigate art and the virtual life through her series EYE CANDY and SIMULACRA.


We will continue to publish HADRON AGE SF — a weekly series via which Josh Glenn aims to identify his 75 favorite sf adventures published between 2004 and 2023. The list in progress is here. Here’s the 3Q2022 lineup:

Geoff Ryman’s AIR | Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD | Elizabeth Bear’s CARNIVAL | Liu Cixin’s THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM | Charles Stross’s HALTING STATE | Jonathan Lethem & Farel Dalrymple’s OMEGA THE UNKNOWN | Iain M. Banks’s MATTER | Paolo Bacigalupi’s THE WINDUP GIRL | Iain M. Banks’s TRANSITION | Cherie Priest’s BONESHAKER | Hannu Rajaniemi’s THE QUANTUM THIEF | Charles Burns’s X-ED OUT | Gary Shteyngart’s SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY.


Image from a series installment on ZINC CHROMATE. This story was posted to the comments section of Rob Walker’s THE ART OF NOTICING newsletter.

During 2Q2022, we announced COLOR CODE, a series predicated on the following art-of-noticing challenge: If we make ourselves receptive, the colors of specific phenomena in our lives can evoke all sorts of ideas, values, memories, and emotions. This will be an irregularly published series; new installments will appear only every so often….


Midjourney artwork (detail) by Mark Frauenfelder

In July, we plan to cross-post a series titled MARK’S MIDJOURNEY — featuring AI-generated art experiments by HILOBROW friend Mark Frauenfelder.

& other cross-posted series TBA! Stay tuned.


On to 3Q2022…