A Rondel for HiLo Heroes (4)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: HiLo Heroes, Poetry, Popular

Fourth in an annual series, in which I celebrate — via a rondel (ABAB/CDDC/EFFEF) — thirteen of the HiLo Heroes about whom HiLobrow’s contributors wrote during the preceding year.


rion Gysin altered perception via cut-ups and the Dreamachine;

ddie Cochran sang “First we’ll hop, yeah-yeah-yeah, then we’ll bop”;

edy Lamarr invented “frequency hopping” and climaxed onscreen;

duardo Paolozzi’s “Rich Man’s Plaything” introduced Art to Pop.


obert Desnos was surrealistically romantic about Youki;

arcus Aurelius urged us to consider every thing’s true essence;

lsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven lived by a principle of non-acquiescence;

eneh Cherry shared with us an un-P.C. wet dream: “Kootchi.”


ngela Carter abraded the British literary canon with friction;

-God is an overlooked genius of the Wu-Tang Clan;

ristan Tzara — er — piezoelectric frying pan!;

nez Haynes Irwin wrote feminist Radium Age science fiction;
Calamity Jane was as drunk and dirty as any frontier man.


HiLobrow thanks Peggy Nelson, Lynn Peril, Alix Lambert, Gary Panter, Luc Sante, Jerrold Freitag, Jess Bruder, Devin McKinney, David Smay, Tom Nealon, Mark Kingwell, Joshua Glenn, and Catherynne M. Valente, who (respectively) wrote the thirteen HiLo Hero items to which the rondel links. We’re grateful to everyone else who wrote HiLo Hero items in 2012, too: Tor Aarestad, Brian Berger, Barbara Bogaev, Franklin Bruno, Tucker Cummings, Suzanne Fischer, Mike Fleisch, Amanda French, Norman Hathaway, Adam McGovern, Jacob Mikanowski, Dan Nadel, William Nericcio, Chris Spurgeon, and Robert Wringham. Thanks!



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.