About Joshua Glenn

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.

Significant Objects Meme (25)

Rob Walker’s Unconsumption tumblr recently mentioned PASS THE BATON, a Japanese on- and offline retail concept that updates the thrift store experience by adding — yes, you guessed it! — meaningful narrative to castoff items. *** For more evidence of the … Continue reading

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I feel like the New York Times Magazine invented this feature — the annotated photograph of someone’s den, telling stories about their significant objects — but here’s an example of the genre from Seed Magazine that I came across the … Continue reading

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Michael Zelehoski’s solo exhibition, Objecthood, at the Christina Ray gallery, “brings actual, quotidian objects into the realm of art. Zelehoski works almost exclusively with everyday objects, but by giving them autonomy and internal coherence, he is able to reveal their … Continue reading

File X

This summer, I’ve been scanning and posting the covers of my “File X” collection — i.e., paperback novels from the 1940s-70s the titles of which include a freestanding letter “X” — to my other website, HiLobrow. This was intended to … Continue reading

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At WIRED SCIENCE, earlier this month, science journalist Jonah Lehrer explained “something important about how the human mind calculates value.” There’s now suggestive evidence that our faith in the authentic — especially when the authenticity is supported by effective marketing … Continue reading

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Ton Zwerver’s “Everyday Sculptures” only exist for a moment “as they are photographed and changed again and again. Everyday one or more sculptures are made out found objects that come across his path.” Fifteenth in an occasional series.

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“The Curious World of Patent Models” is a traveling show organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Museum. On display at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena through Aug. 15, 2010. Via Core … Continue reading

Author Updates

1) Several Significant Objects contributors have been nominated for Emmy awards! Colleen Werthmann for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (82nd Annual Academy Awards). Dean Haspiel for Outstanding Main Title Design (Bored To Death). And Todd Levin … Continue reading