Significant Objects X The Believer!

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We are delighted to announce our latest collaboration! This week, Significant Objects will publish five stories in collaboration with The Believer, the literary magazine that “puts out a welcome mat for pluralism and wide-eyed curiosity,” as The New York Times Magazine once put it. Believer co-editor Ed Park, who wrote about a Cow Vase for us last summer, helped make this teamup happen, but we’re particularly grateful to Believer managing editor Andrew Leland, who assigned four thrift-store objects to Believer contributors, and a fifth to Heidi Julavits, author of three novels and a founding co-editor of The Believer.

The other Believer contributors are: Trinie Dalton, who has authored, curated, and/or co-edited five books; Justin Taylor, author of the story collection Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever and co-editor of the arts annual Agriculture Reader; Miranda Mellis, author of The Revisionist and Materialisms; and Damion Searls, author of the story collection What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going. You’re going to want to bid on the excellent objects they’ve chosen, and about which they’ve written so well. So stay tuned.

As you will have already noticed, we jumped the gun on Believer Week, and published Searls’ story yesterday. That’s because he was doing a reading last night, and we wanted to give his fans and friends instant access to his Significant Objects story.

Thus far, in Significant Objects v3, we’ve collaborated with Kasper Hauser (March 9-12), Electric Literature (March 22-26), and Paola Antonelli (April 5-9). These collaborations have made it possible for us to publish terrific stories by Rob Baedeker, James Reichmuth, Dan Klein, and John Reichmuth; Marisa Silver, Stephen O’Connor, Jenny Offill, Matt Sumell, and Rick Moody; Helen DeWitt, Ron Currie Jr., Matt Brown, Scarlett Thomas, and Jim Shepard. What a lineup! The five Believer stories, the 41st through 45th of this volume, will be SO v3’s final collaboration.

The week of April 26, we’ll publish stories by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Peter Rock, plus a related trio of stories by Ben Greenman, Maaza Mengiste, and Wesley Stace. And that’ll be all she wrote for Significant Objects’ third volume of object-oriented short-short stories! Hopefully, we will have raised about $1,500.00 for Girls Write Now, by then. Please help us spread the word.


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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