Hilobrow Pinup
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Browbeating, Spectacles

Photo by Eve Arnold

Long Island, Summer of 1954 — what’s that hardcover book that Marilyn is reading? Daphne du Maurier’s Mary Anne? Irving Stone’s Love is Eternal?


Can’t… quite… make it out. Can we zoom in, please?

Detail of photo by Eve Arnold




Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based semiotic culture and brand analyst. He is editor/publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age science fiction imprint HILOBOOKS. In addition, Josh is co-author of several books, including (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY, the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY and (with Rob Walker) SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and (with Elizabeth Foy Larsen) the family activities guides UNBORED, UNBORED GAMES, and the forthcoming UNBORED ADVENTURE. In the ’00s, Josh was an editor and columnist for the BOSTON GLOBE's IDEAS section; in the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT.