A Rondel for HiLo Heroes (3)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: About Josh, HiLo Heroes, Poetry

As HiLobrow embarks on its 4th year of publishing, here’s the 3rd annual “Rondel for HiLo Heroes” (ABAB/CDDC/EFFEF), in which I celebrate 13 of the HiLo Heroes about whom HiLobrow’s contributors wrote during the preceding year.


reece D’J Pancake guided us on an Appalachian Death Trip;

squivel was to pop music what Coltrane was to jazz;

C Westermann built tire track-wreathed wooden death ships;

rnest Shackleton escaped from an Antarctic Alcatraz.


oger Corman elevated every film genre, no matter how bizarre;

aria Sibylla Merian’s faith advanced the science of entomology;

mmy Noether mapped the terrain for algebraic topology;

ick Cave is our dark Jesus, crucified upon a guitar.


lexandre Jacob was a model for the gentleman-cambrioleur;

nderwood (Ruth) was a marimbist whom Frank Zappa employed;

ony Hancock mocked Petit Bourgeois Man’s inner void;

ggy Pop a oindré son corps avec cacahuètes buerre;

harlotte Rampling’s turn in The Night Porter… paging Dr. Freud!


HiLobrow thanks Alix Lambert, Lynn Peril, Gary Panter, Peggy Nelson, Mimi Lipson, Chris Lanier, Deb Chachra, Tor Aarestad, Luc Sante, Brian Berger, Greg Rowland, David Smay, and Adrienne Crew, who (respectively) wrote the thirteen HiLo Hero items to which the rondel links. And we’re every bit as grateful to our other HiLo Hero writers: Tim Carmody, Franklin Bruno, Joshua Glenn, Mark Kingwell, Jason Grote, Patrick Cates, Tom Nealon, Tosh Berman, Kio Stark, Adam McGovern, Amanda French, Barbara Bogaev, and Mike Fleisch. We published some 180 HiLo Hero items this year!



Joshua Glenn is a cultural and brand semiotician, and co-principal of the agency SEMIOVOX LLC. He is editor and publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age sci-fi paperback imprint HILOBOOKS. He is author of (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY (2008) and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY (2011); and he is co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY (2007) and SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS (2012). With Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Tony Leone, Josh produced the popular family activities guides UNBORED (2012), UNBORED GAMES (2014), and UNBORED ADVENTURE (2015), not to mention two UNBORED activity kits from MindWare. 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. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons.