HILOBROW 3Q2023

By: HILOBROW
September 30, 2023

Here’s what HILOBROW published during July, August, and September 2023.

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Also see: HYPOCRITE IDLER 3Q2023.


ENTHUSIASMS


Illustration for HILOBROW by Bishakh Som. Click for larger version.

During 3Q2023, we published CURVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM, a series of 25 enthusiastic posts, contributed by 25 HILOBROW friends and regulars, on the topic of reconsidered passions, reassessed hates, and reversed feelings everywhere in-between. Here’s the lineup:

INTRODUCTION by Adam McGovern | Tom Nealon on PIZZA PURISM | Holly Interlandi on BOY BANDS | Heather Quinlan on THE ’86 METS | Whitney Matheson on THE SMITHS | Bishakh Som on SUMMER | Jeff Lewonczyk on WHOLE BELLY CLAMS | Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER | Nikhil Singh on LOVE ISLAND UK | Adrienne Crew on CILANTRO | Adam McGovern on MISSING PERSONS | Art Wallace on UFOs | Fran Pado on LIVERWURST | Lynn Peril on ELTON JOHN’S GREATEST HITS | Marlon Stern Lopez on ADOLESCENT REBELLION | Juan Gonzalez on STAN & JACK or JACK & STAN | Christopher-Rashee Stevenson on BALTIMORE | Josh Glenn on FOOTLOOSE | Annie Nocenti on SIDEVIEW MIRROR | Mandy Keifetz on BREATHLESS | Brian Berger on HARRY CREWS | Ronald Wimberly on GAMING AND DATING | Michele Carlo on HERITAGE FOODS | Gabriela Pedranti on MADONNA | Ingrid Schorr on MAXFIELD PARRISH AND SUE LEWIN | Mariane Cara on ORANGE.

Adam McGovern is the CURVE YOUR ENTHUSIASM series editor. He is very grateful to the series’ contributors, many of whom donated their honoraria to Covenant House, which provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.


OFF-TOPIC


Adam McGovern continued to deliver over-the-transom, on-tangent essays, dialogues and subjective scholarship via his monthly-ish series OFF-TOPIC. Here’s the 3Q2023 lineup:

THAT FACULTY TOGETHER: BOWIECON (1): The First Day | MY COLLOQUIUM WITH CARLOS: BOWIECON (2): D.A.M. straight with CARLOS ALOMAR | LOCKED IN PARADISE: Healing history with searcher of lost time WENDY CHIN-TANNER | BREAK ON THROUGH: The shadow stands in JOAN SEMMEL’s newest paintings.


CONDIMENT ABCs


Illustration by Ena Nealon for HILOBROW

Tom Nealon continued to write new installments in CONDIMENT ABECEDARIUM, an apophenic food-history series. Here’s the 3Q2023 lineup:

LJUTENICA / LEMON: For God’s sake, roast your peppers | MONKEY GLAND SAUCE / MURRI: Popular among testicle-humor lovers worldwide… | NƯỚC CHẤM / NUTELLA: “more thicker than forget / more thinner than recall” | OLIVE OIL / OXYGALA: It’s an endless condiment machine…

Original illustrations for this series by Ena Nealon.


ONGOING SERIES


Photo: Jesse Wiles

Charlie Mitchell continued to write new installments in HAIKAI, a series of informal, spontaneous collections of linked haiku-like poems. Here’s the 3Q2023 lineup:

BEFORE A DROUGHT BREAKS: “lit dart wafts past the rattle/of an AC’s toil” | HERMENAUT FM: ‘that town’s four beers yonder’ / Wild West’s cocked yardstick | GOD’S LITTLE INSIDE JOKES: “power steering / made monsters of all of us”

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Josh wrapped up MOUSE, a series surveying 20th-century pop-culture mice, with a few final installments. Here’s the 3Q2023 lineup:

POST-MICKEY MICE (1964–1973) | POST-MICKEY MICE (1974–1983) | POST-MICKEY MICE (1984–1993) | POST-MICKEY MICE (1994–2003).

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Josh (front) c. 9th grade with brother Pat

The series TEN STAGES OF MAN elaborates on Josh’s human-development theory of that title — as first floated here at HILOBROW in January. Here’s the 3Q2023 lineup:

CHILDHOOD 00–03: PROTO-CHILDHOOD | 04–13: EARLY & MID-CHILDHOOD | 14–23: MID- & LATE CHILDHOOD / “TEENS.” ADULTHOOD 24–33: EARLY ADULTHOOD / “TWENTIES” | 34–43: MID-ADULTHOOD / “THIRTIES” | 44–53: LATE ADULTHOOD / “FORTIES.”

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MORE SERIES: HERMENAUTICA, SCHEMATIZING, SCREENSHOTS, PHOTO DUMP.


RADIUM AGE PROTO-SF


HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn is editor of the RADIUM AGE series of reissued proto-sf adventures from the MIT Press. During 3Q2023, the following titles appeared:

  • G.K. Chesterton’s THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL (1904), with a new introduction by Madeline Ashby. Cover illustration by Seth. “More modern than the moderns, more medieval than the medievalists, funnier than all of them — reading Chesterton today is like watching someone give a speech of unimpeachable common sense from the bridge of a departing UFO.” — Atlantic columnist James Parker. Coming August 1. See this title at the MIT Press website.
  • MORE VOICES FROM THE RADIUM AGE, edited and introduced by Joshua Glenn. Cover illustration by Seth. A planetary escape pod, an alien body-snatcher, an underground Alaskan city, and a war between the sexes in Atlantis! Includes stories by Algernon Blackwood, Valery Bryusov, George Allan England, Abraham Merritt, Edith Nesbit, May Sinclair, Booth Tarkington, George C. Wallis, and H.G. Wells. Coming August 1. See this title at the MIT Press website.
  • William Hope Hodgson’s THE NIGHT LAND (1912), with a new introduction by Erik Davis. Cover illustration by Seth. “For all its flaws and idiosyncracies, The Night Land is utterly unsurpassed, unique, astounding. A mutant vision like nothing else there has ever been.” — China Miéville. Coming August 15. See this title at the MIT Press website.

RADIUM AGE SERIES UPDATES: 2022 | 2023 | 1Q2024 | 2Q2024 | 3Q2024. FULL SERIES INFO.

Mondrian’s Evolution (c. 1910–1911)

Here at HILOBROW, during 3Q2023 we continued to serialize some of Josh’s favorite Radium Age proto-sf. Here’s the lineup:

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Fanciful atom diagram from December 1920 issue of Illustrated World

HILOBROW also published further installments in the series RADIUM AGE POETRY. Here’s a sampling of the 3Q2023 lineup:

Marianne Moore’s IN THE DAYS OF PRISMATIC COLOR | Vachel Lindsay’s EUCLID | Alfred Noyes’s WATCHERS OF THE SKY | Edna St. Vincent Millay’s EUCLID ALONE | W.J. Turner’s IN TIME LIKE GLASS | Emma Rounds’s PLANE GEOMETRY.

More RADIUM AGE POETRY.


BEST ADVENTURES


1969 US edition of THE GLASS BEAD GAME

In August, HILOBROW began publishing SEMIOPUNK, an irregular, ongoing series dedicated to surfacing examples (and predecessors) of the sf subgenre that HILOBROW was the first to name “semiopunk.” Here’s the 3Q2023 lineup:

THE GLASS BEAD GAME | FLATLAND | THE HAMPDENSHIRE WONDER | EXPLOITS AND OPINIONS OF DR. FAUSTROLL, PATAPHYSICIAN

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On to 4Q2023…

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