July 9, 2022

“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

Here’s an update about Lost Objects: 50 Stories About the Things We Miss and Why They Matter (ed. Josh Glenn and Rob Walker, Hat & Beard Press), the forthcoming book adaptation of the LOST OBJECTS stories published here at HILOBROW — under the aegis of Josh and Rob’s Project:Object — in 2017–2019.

Despite shipping delays caused by Covid and the war in Ukraine, Lost Objects is now in the warehouse of our US distributor, and should be available in bookstores later this month! (However, it won’t be available via Amazon until a later date — which is very much on purpose.) Hat & Beard encourages you to purchase the book via a brick-and-mortar bookstore… or else order it directly.

If you should choose to purchase the book directly from Hat & Beard, for the next few weeks the checkout code LOSTOBJECTS will take 20% off the price of the book (or a book/poster combo). Sample poster shown below.

Sample LOST OBJECTS poster available only via Hat & Beard’s website.
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Stay tuned for events related to the San Francisco Art Book Fair (July 15–17), the NY Art Book Fair (October 12–16), and others. We’re aiming to do a Boston-area event at Brookline Booksmith in September. Other events TBA.

The East Coast pre-sale kickoff event for Lost Objects ( took place on June 30, at New York City’s indie bookstore McNally Jackson Seaport.

Debbie Millman and Dan Fox — photo by Josh

Along with LO contributors Dan Fox, Mimi Lipson, Debbie Millman, Stephen O’Connor, and Lucy Sante, HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn shared lost-objects stories and insights from the book. LO contributors Molly Sauter, Mandy Keifetz, and Dean Haspiel were also on hand to sign copies of the book. It was a lot of fun!

Lucy Sante — photo by Josh

More event photos at our Instagram account.



On June 30, Lit Hub published an excerpt — Alex Balk’s “Shooting Gallery”, illustration by John Lowe — to coincide with our pre-sale event at McNally Jackson (NYC Seaport).

More Lost Objects excerpts to come — at PRINT, The Millions, Lit Hub (again), and in Harper’s Magazine, among other places.



Thanks to LO contributor Heather Kapplow for spreading the news in the first issue of her newsletter FROM THE DESK OF HEATHER KAPPLOW. “A short essay about one of the finest and most enlightening artworks I’ve ever made (and how it disappeared completely) is included in this illustrated anthology of treasured lost objects.”

The University of Texas alumni magazine, Alcalde, published an interview with Rob about Lost Objects — on July 1. Excerpt: “I think people in general are a bit defensive about their relationship to objects. And I feel like working through this subject over time has made me less defensive about objects. I keep the stuff I keep and I’m not sentimental about stuff that needs to go.”

Speaking of Rob, check out this “What Matters” interview with him at PRINT.

Thanks, Kottke, for the shout-out. And Cool Material, too.

More reviews & shout-outs to come, once the book is officially published.



McNally Jackson event — photo by Yvonne Brooks.
L to R: Dan Fox, Mimi Lipson, Debbie Millman, Stephen O’Connor, Josh, Lucy Sante

Josh and Rob are the book’s editors, and the authors of its foreword and afterword. Debbie Millman is author of the book’s introduction.

The book’s authors, in no particular order: Kate Bernheimer | Dan Piepenbring | Doug Dorst | Paul Lukas | Mimi Lipson | Lucy Sante | Nina Katchadourian | Matthew Sharpe | Claire Lehmann | Jessamyn West | Mandy Keifetz | M.R. Sauter | Amy Thielen | Stephen O’Connor | Alice Boone | Dante Ramos | Alex Balk | Chelsey Johnson | Susannah Breslin | Seth Mnookin | Dan Fox | Lisa Takeuchi Cullen | Michael Tisserand | Jeff Turrentine | Randy Kennedy | Geoff Manaugh | Joe Yonan | Laura Lippman | Ben Katchor | Neil LaBute | Miranda Mellis | Chris Piascik | Anita Kunz | Debbie Millman | Heather Kapplow | Lydia Millet | Ben Greenman | Leah Hennessey | Kathryn Davis | Mikita Brottman | Nathaniel Rich | Charles Glaubitz | Seth | Becky Stern | Mark Dery | Paola Antonelli | Sara Ryan | Alex Gerasev | Margaret Wertheim | Gary Panter

Sample LOST OBJECTS spread featuring story and art by Ben Katchor.
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The book’s artists, in the same non-particular order: Amy C. Evans | Josh Neufeld | John Holbo | Allison Bamcat | Mister Reusch | Kate Bingaman-Burt | Lisa Congdon | Glenn Jones | Karen Kurycki | Amanda Clarke | Emory Allen | Shayna Piascik | Heather Kasunick | Oliver Munday | Rick Pinchera | Joe Alterio | John Lowe | Rubi McGrory | Jennifer Heuer | Alex Eben Meyer | Linzie Hunter | Rose Wong | Jackie Roche | Andrew DeGraff | Max Temescu | Mariana Pita | Theo Ellsworth | Laura Didyk | Ben Katchor | Disa Wallander | Adam Goldberg | Chris Piascik | Anita Kunz | Debbie Millman | Matt Wuerker | Berta Vallo | Clara Selina Bach | Dean Haspiel | Dina Noto | Sarah Williamson | Ellen Rose | Charles Glaubitz | Seth | Monica Garwood | Kelli Anderson | Sophie Calhoun | Steve Lieber | Alex Gerasev | Armando Veve | Gary Panter


ALSO SEE: PROJECT:OBJECT homepage | POLITICAL OBJECTS (1Q2017) | TALISMANIC OBJECTS (2Q2017) | ILLICIT OBJECTS (3Q2017) | LOST OBJECTS vol. 1 (4Q2017) | FLAIR (2Q2018) | FOSSILS (4Q2018) | FETISHES (2Q2019) | LOST OBJECTS vol. 2 (4Q2019) | MOVIE OBJECTS (2Q2020) | SEMIO OBJECTS (2Q2021) | SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS (cross-posted from Significant Objects website). ALSO SEE: SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS website | LOST OBJECTS (Hat & Beard Press, 2022) | SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS collection, ed. Rob Walker and Josh Glenn (Fantagraphics, 2012) | TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY, ed. Josh Glenn (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007) | TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY excerpts.


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