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 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 from 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.