Gweek 129
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Kudos


Mark Frauenfelder, the host of Boing Boing’s podcast GWEEK, frequently invites me to co-host the show. In this week’s episode (#129), we talked to the legendary and amazing pinup-tattoo-zombie artist Mitch O’Connell — who, as it turns out, went to high school in Boulder with Mark.

We talked about Mitch’s painting of Britney Spears for the current issue of Rolling Stone, as well as: the forthcoming books in my UNBORED series of activity books for kids; the most recent Radium Age science fiction titles from HiLoBooks; the Circulon Contempo teakettle; B-Fest — a 24 hour B-movie film festival in Chicago; the closing of Uncle Fun, a store in Chicago full of amazing junk; Candid Candid Camera — Mitch’s favorite TV series not on DVD; Treehouse — a great video course for Web design; Uni-Ball Vision Elite Pens; and How to be a Math Genius — a book that introduces kids to math through puzzles and real-world applications.

PS: In 2013, Mark invited me to join him on the following episodes of GWEEK: GWEEK 081 with Kevin Kelly, GWEEK 087 with Josh Gosfield and Camille Sweeney, GWEEK 103 with Ben Winters, GWEEK 104 with Andy Ikhnato, GWEEK 111 with Clive Thompson, GWEEK 117 with Kevin Kelly, and GWEEK 122 with Danny Hellman.



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.