Pluperfect PDA (8)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: About Josh, Haw-Haw, Sci-Fi, Spectacles, Uncanny

Eighth in an occasional series.

Why is this person stroking a tablet with her fingertips? In 1906? Somehow, a mobile computer integrated into a flat touch screen and primarily operated by touching the screen has found its way into her hands. But how?

The awesome headgear gives her away. Aha! She’s a time traveler.

Ringtone: “Stop Your Tickling Jock”


SIMILAR HILOBROW SERIES: DOUBLE EXPOSURE — the stratagems of Middlebrow | EGGHEAD — a gallery | FITTING SHOES — famous literary footwear | LATF HIPSTER | PANTENE MEME — a found gallery | SHOCKING BLOCKING — cinematic blocking



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.