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

Third in an annual series, in which we celebrate — via a rondel — thirteen of the HiLo Heroes about whom our 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.



Joshua Glenn is an author, publisher, and semiotic analyst. He is co-author (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) of THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY, co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY and (with Rob Walker) SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and co-author (with Elizabeth Foy Larsen) of the family activities guide UNBORED and three forthcoming spinoffs, including UNBORED Games. He is editor of HILOBROW and publisher of the Radium Age science fiction imprint HiLoBooks. Also: Glenn manages a secretive online community known as the Hermenautic Circle; he is founding editor of the e-book club Save the Adventure; and he's a frequent co-host of Boing Boing's podcast GWEEK. In the ’00s, Glenn was an editor, columnist, and blogger for the Boston Globe's IDEAS section, he co-founded the international semiotics website SEMIONAUT, and contributed to CABINET, SLATE, and elsewhere. In the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT, worked as a dotcom and magazine editor, and contributed to THE BAFFLER, FEED, and elsewhere. His publishing company is King Mixer, LLC; and his semiotic analysis consultancy is Semiovox LLC. He lives in Boston with his wife and children.