By: Joshua Glenn
January 24, 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.


Abbie Hoffman was the featured “Hermenaut of the Month” for Hermenaut #5.

This page reminds me that in its first several issues Hermenaut was obsessed with Elvis Presley. I’d find ways to work Elvis into the conversation wherever possible.

When I was working on a never-completed book about hermenauts (“outsider intellectuals”), I purchased a large color print of Richard Avedon’s photo of Abbie Hoffman with his broken nose. It still hangs on my office wall; see below.

Includes the fourth installment in a five-part series (“S.L.A.C.K.er”) re-periodizing the generations.

Josh’s office

Pub. Date: October 1993
Theme: Syncrisis (S.L.A.C.K. series)
Hermenaut: Hoffman
Pages: 38
Print Run: 300


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.