The Index — a storefront gallery in Brooklyn — is a collection of materials and objects whose purposes, characters, and origins are fascinating to curator Jonathan Roquemaure. As Cool Hunting recently explained:
While each object’s uncommon looks are compelling enough on first blush, the history behind their materials and past utility often requires a little digging. Reflecting Roquemaure’s own ingenuity in finding and learning, his catalog comprises a carefully considered index of objects—from an eerie surgical table to children’s fencing masks and rare Mexican pottery (recently acquired through an iPad swap) to an 18th century Japanese dye-shop ledger, and so much more.
Eleventh 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