By: Joshua Glenn
May 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.


Introduction to Hermenaut #11/12

One of the most-discussed essays I ever wrote for HERMENAUT. Here’s a slightly altered version.

For what it’s worth, you’ll find citations of this essay in such books as Camp: Queer Aesthetics and the Performing Subject: A Reader (Michigan, 1999), ed. Fabio Cleto; Steven Cohan’s Incongruous Entertainment: Camp, Cultural Value, and the MGM Musical (Duke, 2005); Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture (P. Lang, 2010), ed. Devon Powers and Melissa Aronczyk; Music & Camp (Wesleyan, 2018), ed. Christopher Moore and ‎Philip Purvis. None of which, I have to confess, I’ve read….

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.