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!

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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

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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 editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY (2007) and (with Rob Walker) 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 with 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.