Conjurer of Monikers
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Kudos

Of the 5,000+ spam comments posted to HiLobrow each month, a few slip past WordPress’s filters and land in the “pending” queue, where we editors manually decide their fate. Sounds annoying, but I get a kick out of it — not only because of the non-stop flow of positive feedback (“The content on this article is really a single of the most beneficial material that I’ve ever occur across. I love your publish, I’ll occur back to verify for new posts.”), but because of the made-up monikers. They’re as good as — no, better than — the character names in a Philip K. Dick novel.

Here, for example, are the Top Ten Best Spam Monikers of January 2012, along with their expertly vague affirmations.

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PS: The title of this post is an homage to a great short film by Dan Zukovic, about a man (played by Zukovic) gifted/cursed with the ability to come up with perfect band names.

PPS: If one of these names turns out to be your name, let me know and I’ll transfer my admiration from the spammers’ ingenuity to your parents’.

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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.