A Rondel for HiLo Heroes (5)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: HiLo Heroes, Poetry

Fifth 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.



illy Stewart orchestrated a “Summertime” explosion;

mile Henry wanted no bourgeois to survive;

ester Stanhope architected her own delusion;

artha Kitt was the most exciting woman alive.

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emedios Varo’s painting made Oedipa Maas cry;

ark Pauline’s art liberates the robot;

dgar Ulmer’s films are cruel more often than not;

ikolai Marr’s linguistics were backed by a very bad guy.


aron Swartz sprung knowledge free from every cache;

namuno grappled with the abyss;

ommy Cooper took the metaphysical piss;

ron Sheik rocked a prodigious mustache;
Cindy Sherman’s invisible women are impossible to miss.


HiLobrow thanks Devin McKinney, Luc Sante, Elina Shatkin, Lynn Peril, William Nericcio, Erik Davis, David Smay, Jacob Mikanowski, Matthew Battles, Marilyn Berlin Snell, Greg Rowland, Tom Nealon, and Adam McGovern, 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 2013, too: Brian Berger, Jerrold Freitag, Gary Panter, Tucker Cummings, Joe Alterio, Joshua Glenn, Mark Kingwell, Alix Lambert, Mike Fleisch, Amanda French, Tor Aarestad, Flourish Klink, Franklin Bruno, Adrienne Crew, Anthony Miller, Robert Wringham, Peggy Nelson, Katie Hennessey, Mimi Lipson, Patrick Cates, Dan Reines, Deb Chachra, Peter Bebergal, Ingrid Schorr, Chris Spurgeon, Suzanne Fischer, and Kio Stark. 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.