By: Joshua Glenn
May 10, 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.


Contents page from Hermenaut #11/12

I came close to abandoning the whole Hermenaut project c. 1996. My full-time work — first at Utne Reader in Minneapolis, then the dotcom startup Tripod in western Massachusetts — didn’t leave much time or bandwidth for this stuff. When I moved to western Massachusetts, I toted with me a half-finished issue of Hermenaut… then neglected it. (Jon Spayde, Hap Mansfield, Heido Olmack, and “Jerry Jaguar” were all friends I’d made in Minneapolis.) However, after working my way through Kierkegaard’s On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates, that first winter in the Berkshires, I found myself inspired to finish up this issue. I decided to make it a double issue, because it was so large… and so late.

Pub. Date: 1997
Theme: Camp
Hermenaut: Wilde
Pages: 190
Print Run: 3.000


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.