Here’s an everyday, apparently unexceptional object with a meaningful story; this advertisement was found in the current issue of Real Simple.
Speaking of memes, the curators of Significant Objects are both at ROFLCon today. No, we weren’t asked to present anything about our project; we’re there for kicks. We’re tweeting about ROFLCon here; and I’m also tweeting about it here.
PS: In 2008, I posted to Brainiac about my visit to the first ROFLCon.
Tenth in an occasional series.
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
, The Baffler
, 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