By: Joshua Glenn
January 11, 2023

One in a series of posts featuring pages from Hermenaut, a DIY intellectual zine/journal published by HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn from 1992 through 2000-01.


A page from HERMENAUT #1

Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (1772–1801), the idiosyncratic German Romantic writer, philosopher, poet, and mystic who wrote under the name Novalis, was the very first Hermenaut of the Month. This collage image from Hermenaut no. 1 — in which I pasted a tiny version of Novalis onto his own forehead — was intended to illustrate Novalis’s concept of “self-potentiation.” Also a mathematician, Novalis was interested in the possibility of raising the self to a higher power of itself….

Pub. Date: January 1992
Theme: Smells Like Teen Reification
Print Run: 50


MORE HERMENAUT on HILOBROW: HERMENAUTICA series | MEET THE HERMENAUTS | HERMENAUT’s last five issues | Snapshots | Letters to HERMENAUT | Dialectical Design | Josh Glenn on CAMP, KITSCH & CHEESE | Josh Glenn on DANIEL CLOWES: Q&A | Clarke Cooper on APOCALYPSE ALREADY | Lisa Carver on THE ART OF BEING UNCOMFORTABLE | Josh Glenn on FAKE AUTHENTICITY | Chris Fujiwara on ZOOMING THROUGH SPACE | John Marr on CAMPANILE FREE-FALL | Clarke Cooper on THE WILL TO SCORN | Dan Reines on PURE EVEL | Chris Fujiwara on ROADWORTHY JAZZ | Dan Reines on LETTER FROM LA | Mary E. Ladd & Julie Wiskirchen on ONWARD CHRISTIAN TOURISTS | Chris Fujiwara on SAVED BY BETRAYAL | Margaret Blonder on MEMORIES OF THE BIOSPHERE | Josh Glenn on HERMENAUT: PHILIP K. DICK | Ingrid Schorr on ROCKVILLE GIRL SPEAKS.