File X (34)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Pulp, Spectacles

Here’s another vintage paperback whose title includes a free-standing “X.”

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Dutch detective of Martin Porlock (ps of P. MacDonald) -Mr. A contra Scotland Yard (the mystery of Mr. X) published by Uitgeverij Steenuil in 1949

Mr. X contra Scotland Yard (1949), by Martin Porlock.

A Dutch edition of Philip MacDonald’s Warrant for X.

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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 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.