Project Update: Whither the Hot Dog?

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One of my favorite objects, so far, is the Toy Hot Dog about which Jenny Davidson wrote on July 8. My sentiment is of the punk or camp variety, I guess: after all, hot dogs are already grotesque, and wooden hot dogs with plastic buns are particularly unappetizing. All I know is that after the auction, I found it really tough to let this significant object go.


So where is it now? The winning bidder, a woman we’ll call J., to preserve her privacy, was kind enough to send us a gorgeous photo of the Toy Hot Dog in its swanky and fun new environs. VoilĂ !


We encourage all winning bidders to send us high-resolutions photos of their significant objects, or add them to our Flickr Pool: Significant Objects: The Owners.

IN OTHER NEWS: The end of August is always a slow time in the blogosphere. Everyone is on vacation, outdoors; they’re reading email on their Blackberries and iPhones, perhaps, but not visiting websites. So our traffic is a bit down, this week, and bidding on the Design Observer-signified objects now on eBay is slow. Why do I mention these unhappy facts? Because if you’ve been discouraged at the $20+ average winning bids on our significant objects items so far, you may be in luck for the next week. Check it out: the price is right!


Joshua Glenn is an editor, publisher, and a freelance writer and semiologist. He does business as KING MIXER, LLC. He's cofounder of the websites HiLobrow, Significant Objects, and Semionaut; and cofounder of HiLoBooks, which will reissue six Radium Age sci fi novels in 2012. In 2011, he produced and co-designed the iPhone app KER-PUNCH. He's coauthored and co-edited Taking Things Seriously, The Idler's Glossary, The Wage Slave's Glossary, the story collection Significant Objects (forthcoming from Fantagraphics), and Unbored, a kids' field guide to life forthcoming from Bloomsbury. In the '00s, Glenn was an associate editor and columnist at the Boston Globe's IDEAS section; he also started the IDEAS blog Brainiac. He has written for Slate, n+1, Cabinet, io9, The Baffler, Feed, and The Idler. In the '90s, Glenn published the seminal intellectual zine Hermenaut; served as editorial director and co-producer of the pioneering DIY and online social networking website; and was an editor at the magazine Utne Reader. Glenn manages the Hermenautic Circle, a secretive online community. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons. Click here for more info.

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