James Sturm goes offline

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A highlight of the first volume of Significant Objects was our collaboration with cartoonist James Sturm and his students at White River Junction, Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies. Rob and I loved the cartoons by Betsey Swardlick, Nomi Kane, and Josh Kramer.

So I thought I’d point out that Sturm has started a new project, reporting to Slate.com in cartoon format about a four-month-long effort to stay offline. He’s not going to use the Internet or email during that period, because:

Reactions to his plan, says Sturm, mostly aren’t positive:

Godspeed, James! I’ll be following your adventures on Slate.


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 Tripod.com; 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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