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 (12)

Andrea Magnani and Giovanni Delvecchio of the Italian design collective Resign claim theirs is a methodology “for all the designers who believe in magic and symbolic value of things.” Via Cool Hunting Twelfth in an occasional series.

Author Updates

1) Rick Moody will publish his new novel, The Four Fingers of Death (Little, Brown), on July 28. 2) Margot Livesey says: “I adored David Malouf’s new novel, Ransom. Malouf approaches the death of Patroculus, and Achilles’ response to that … Continue reading

Significant Objects Meme (11)

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 … Continue reading

And then there were three…

We’re down to the last three objects/stories in our third volume. As of a few moments ago, we’ve raised $1,618.32 for Girls Write Now. Maybe we can make it to $1,700.00 — we’ll need your help! Bid now.

HiLobrow fiction

No new stories on Significant Objects, this week. On Friday, we published the 50th and final story in our third volume. Proceeds from SO v3 go to Girls Write Now; as you can see from the counter at top right, … Continue reading

Significant Objects Meme (10)

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.

Significant Objects Meme (9)

In today’s New York Times Sunday Book Review, the psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer reviews Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (Houghton Mifflin), by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee. His conclusion: To those who need to understand hoarders, … Continue reading

Significant Objects X The Believer!

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 … Continue reading

Cocky the Fox

Last month, I invited Significant Objects readers to contribute to The Ballad of Cocky the Fox, a brilliant novel-in-progress by James Parker (who contributed a Kitty Plate story to SO v1) that Matthew Battles and I were hoping to serialize … Continue reading

Sig Obj Author News

A couple of quick news items: * Lydia Millet’s story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was one of two runners-up for this year’s Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Millet contributed excellent stories to both the first and second volumes of Significant … Continue reading

James Sturm goes offline

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 … Continue reading