Pluperfect PDA (12)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Haw-Haw, Most Visited, Sci-Fi, Spectacles, Uncanny

Twelfth in an occasional series.

What’s that in Barbara Stanwyck’s lovely hand, in this meet-cute scene from The Lady Eve (d. Preston Sturges, 1941)? Looks like it’s either a large smartphone or a small tablet computer… Impossible to tell unless we can see its screen, though.

Aha! That’s better. Yes — it appears to be a tablet. On which she’s watching surveillance video of Henry Fonda. Cool!

Ringtone: “You Made Me Love You”

PS: Speaking of Henry Fonda, HiLobrow contributor Devin McKinney’s new H.F. biography is amazing!


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.