HiLobrow 3Q2016

By: HILOBROW
October 1, 2016

Here’s what HiLobrow published in July, August, and September 2016. Enjoy!

First-time HiLobrow contributors, during 3Q2016: Molly Wright Steenson, Drew Daniel, Brandi Brown, and Anshuman Iddamsetty. We’re very grateful to our contributors, old and new.

ALSO READ: BEST OF HILOBROW: 2010 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2011 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2012 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2013 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2014 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2015 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2016 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 1Q2017 | HILOBROW 2Q2017 SNEAK PEEK

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QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM

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During August, we published our latest ENTHUSIASM series. QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM featured 25 brilliant posts, by 25 brilliant contributors, on the topic of our favorite New Wave songs from c. 1977–1982. Here’s the lineup.

Mark Kingwell on Soft Cell’s TAINTED LOVE | Joanne McNeil on Gary Numan’s METAL | Devin McKinney on Suicide’s FRANKIE TEARDROP | Douglas Wolk on Family Fodder’s SAVOIR FAIRE | Elina Shatkin on Marianne Faithfull’s BROKEN ENGLISH

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Steph Burt on Altered Images’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY | Greg Rowland on Jilted John’s JILTED JOHN | Gordon Dahlquist on XTC’s RESPECTABLE STREET | Adrienne Crew on D-Day’s TOO YOUNG TO DATE | Jonathan Lethem on The Blue Nile’s I LOVE THIS LIFE | Josh Glenn on Tim Curry’s I DO THE ROCK

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Molly Wright Steenson on Missing Persons’ WORDS | Anthony Miller on The Nails’ 88 LINES ABOUT 44 WOMEN | Luc Sante on The Normal’s WARM LEATHERETTE | Mimi Lipson on Dolly Mixture’s HOW COME YOU’RE SUCH A HIT WITH THE BOYS, JANE? | Tim Carmody on Talking Heads’ LIFE DURING WARTIME

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Ingrid Schorr on Ian Dury’s CLEVOR TREVER | Adam McGovern on Lene Lovich’s LUCKY NUMBER | Deb Chachra on Rough Trade’s HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL | Tor Aarestad on Oingo Boingo’s LITTLE GIRLS | David Smay on The B-52’s’ DANCE THIS MESS AROUND | Jessamyn West on Blondie’s HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE

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Drew Daniel on The Human League’s MARIANNE | Erik Davis on Tuxedomoon’s TIME TO LOSE | Dan Fox on Thomas Dolby’s EUROPA & THE PIRATE TWINS.

Josh Glenn edited the QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIAM series.

MORE ENTHUSIASM SERIES at HILOBROW

#SQUADGOALS (2017 weekly): THE WILD BUNCH | BOWIE’S BAND | THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP | THE HONG KONG CAVALIERS | VI ÄR BÄST! & dozens of other squads | GROK MY ENTHUSIASM (2016 weekly): THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF LUNCH | WEEKEND | MILLION YEAR PICNIC | LA BARONNE EMILE D’ERLANGER | THE SURVIVAL SAMPLER | & dozens more one-off enthusiasms. QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2016): “Tainted Love” | “Metal” | “Frankie Teardrop” | “Savoir Faire” | “Broken English” | & 20 other new wave songs. CROM YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2015): DARKER THAN YOU THINK | THE SWORD IN THE STONE | OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET | THIEVES’ HOUSE | QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST | & 20 other fantasy novels from 1934–43. KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2014): ALDINE ITALIC | DATA 70 | TORONTO SUBWAY | JOHNSTON’S “HAMLET” | TODD KLONE | & 20 other typefaces. HERC YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2013): “Spoonin’ Rap” | “Rapper’s Delight” | “Rappin’ Blow” | “The Incredible Fulk” | “The Adventures of Super Rhyme” | & 20 other old-school hip-hop songs. KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2012): Justice or vengeance? | Kirk teaches his drill thrall to kiss | “KHAAAAAN!” | “No kill I” | Kirk browbeats NOMAD | & 20 other Captain Kirk scenes. KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2011): THE ETERNALS | BLACK MAGIC | DEMON | OMAC | CAPTAIN AMERICA | & 20 other Jack Kirby panels.

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GROK MY ENTHUSIASM

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We continued to publish GROK MY ENTHUSIASM, a weekly series of enthusiastic posts contributed by a rotating cast of HiLobrow regulars. GROK installments added during 3Q2016 include the following.

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Chris Spurgeon on WALLACE AND GROMIT | Mandy Keifetz on BENEFICIAL MICROBES | Annie Nocenti on MARKS ON WALLS

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Molly Sauter on THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF | William Nericcio on LAND OF THE LOST | Dan Fox on “VOICE OF GOD” RADIO DJS | Brandi Brown on WIKIPEDIA TALK

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Claire Lehmann on THE APPARATUS REVEAL | Alice Boone on COSTUME JEWELRY | Colin Dickey on WIDESPREAD PANIC

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Anshuman Iddamsetty on THE FULL BODY PROJECT | John Hilgart on MAKING GRATEFUL DEAD ALBUMS | Rob Wringham on STEVEN UNIVERSE.

Josh Glenn is editor of the GROK MY ENTHUSIAM series.

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THIS:

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During 3Q2016, Adam McGovern added a dozen new installments to his freewheeling column, THIS:. 3Q2016 THIS: installments include the following.

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JULY: DEPENDENCE DAY | WORLD REBUILDING | ACTION BUILDING | DADDY GETS HOME.

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AUGUST: CRASH COURSE | THE FADE-UP | STRANGERS WITH EAR-CANDY | HISTORY IN PIECES | DOWNTIME.

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SEPTEMBER: NIGHTMARE PROJECTS | MOTHER’S NIGHT | CODE TALKER.

MORE POSTS by ADAM McGOVERN: Adam’s weekly THIS: column | PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HELL, a 5-part series about characters in McGovern’s and Paolo Leandri’s comic Nightworld | Two IDORU JONES comics by McGovern and Paolo Leandri | BOWIEOLOGY: Celebrating 50 years of Bowie | ODD ABSURDUM: How Felix invented the 21st century self | CROM YOUR ENTHUSIASM: C.L. Moore’s JIREL OF JOIRY stories | KERN YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Data 70 | HERC YOUR ENTHUSIASM: “Freedom” | KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Captain Camelot | KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Full Fathom Five | A 5-part series on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythos | Reviews of Annie Nocenti’s comics Katana, Catwoman, Klarion, and Green Arrow | The curated series FANCHILD | To see all of Adam’s posts, including HiLo Hero items on Lilli Carré, Judy Garland, Wally Wood, and others: CLICK HERE

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PLANET OF PERIL

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Each month, HiLobrow friend and contributor Lynn Peril contributes a new installment in the series PLANET OF PERIL, which is devoted to historical fads and figures with which Lynn has become obsessed. 3Q2016 installments in the series include the following.

PLANET OF PERIL: THE SHIFTERS | THE CONTROL OF CANDY JONES | VINCE TAYLOR | THE SECRET VICE | LADY HOOCH HUNTER | LINCOLN ASSASSINATION BUFFS | I’M YOUR VENUS | THE DARK MARE | SPALINGRAD | UNESCORTED WOMEN | OFFICE PARTY | I CAN TEACH YOU TO DANCE | WEARING THE PANTS | LIBERATION CAN BE TOUGH ON A WOMAN | MALT TONICS.

MORE LYNN PERIL at HILOBROW: PLANET OF PERIL series | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA series | HERMENAUTIC TAROT: The Waiting Man | KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Young Romance | CROM YOUR ENTHUSIASM: Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife | HILO HERO ITEMS on: Tura Satana, Paul Simonon, Vivienne Westwood, Lucy Stone, Lydia Lunch, Gloria Steinem, Gene Vincent, among many others.

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STUFFED

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On October 13th, HiLobrow friend and contributor Tom Nealon’s first book, Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste, will be published by the British Library! We’ve seen an advance copy, and can honestly report that the book is brilliant, not to mention gorgeous. Click here to pre-order the US edition, which will be published by Overlook Press in January.

Food Fights and Culture Wars grew out of Tom’s food-history writing, published right here at HiLobrow. During 3Q2016, Tom added the following new installments to STUFFED, his current HiLobrow series:

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  • ALMONDS: NO JOY. Tracing the craze for almond milk back to the 14th century, and trying to understand why we continue to be so nuts for almonds.
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  • GARNISHED. The rise and fall of the curly-leafed parsley garnish. Why did we start using it to separate our meat from our potatoes?
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  • REVUE DES MENUS. Who collected this treasure trove of menus?

STUFFED SERIES: THE MAGAZINE OF TASTE | AUGURIES AND PIGNOSTICATIONS | THE CATSUP WAR | CAVEAT CONDIMENTOR | CURRIE CONDIMENTO | POTATO CHIPS AND DEMOCRACY | PIE SHAPES | WHEY AND WHEY NOT | PINK LEMONADE | EUREKA! MICROWAVES | CULINARY ILLUSIONS | AD SALSA PER ASPERA | THE WAR ON MOLE | ALMONDS: NO JOY | GARNISHED | REVUE DES MENUS | REVUE DES MENUS (DEUX) | WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE | THE THICKENING | TRUMPED | CHILES EN MOVIMIENTO | THE GREAT EATER OF KENT | Etc.

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THE KALEVALA

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Since January, HiLobrow friend and contributor James Parker has been bastardizing THE KALEVALA, a Finnish sequence of folkloric songs, runes, and charms. 3Q2016 installments in this series include the following.

ALL INSTALLMENTS: RUNE 3 (1–278): “Wizard Battle” | RUNE 4 (1–56): “A Failed Seduction” | RUNE 4 (300–416): “Aino Ends It All” | RUNE 5 (45–139): “An Afternoon Upon the Water” | RUNE 5 (150–241): “The Blue Elk” | RUNE 6 (1–114): “Therapy Session” | RUNE 6 (115–130): “Joukahainen’s Mother Counsels Him Against Shooting the Wizard Vainamoinen” | RUNE 11 (1–138): “Introducing Kyllikki” | RUNE 31 (215–225): “The Babysitter” | RUNE 31 (223–300): “The Screaming Axe” | RUNE 33 (1–136): “The Cowherd” | RUNE 33 (73): “Song of the Blade: Kullervo” | RUNE 33 (118–284): “The Cows Come Home”.

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ON BEYOND ZARATHUSTRA

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Earlier this year, John Holbo unearthed Nietzsche’s abandoned graphic novel, On Beyond Zarathustra, later cannibalized for the author’s philosophical prose-poem, Thus Spake Zarathustra. According to Holbo, this ur-text prompts us to ask: Do the townspeople ignore Zarathustra because his proposed transvaluation of values is too radical? Or is it because, like Dr. Seuss’s Gerald McGrew or Morris McGurk, he tends to rattle on and spiral off?

In September, HiLobrow began publishing 15 original installments — never before published! — in this series. The series will continue through October 9th.

HOLBO AT HILOBROW: On Beyond Zarathustra — a double parody | Sugarplum Squeampunk — Christmas cards by deranged Victorian “cthuligrapher” Albert Wedge-Wheskit | Not Trash, Pop — a celebration of forgotten midcentury gag panel artist Susi Steinitz Ettinger | CROM YOUR ENTHUSIASM: The Conan Mythos | HERMENAUTIC TAROT: The Heaviest Heads.

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SÉRIE NOIRE

Each month (almost), HiLobrow friend and contributor Alix Lambert contributes a new installment in the series SÉRIE NOIRE, which revisits the crime movies which most influenced her as a child and young adult. 3Q2016 installments include the following.

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  • Wanda (1970), directed by Barbara Loden. Loden has described Wanda as a woman who doesn’t know what she wants, “but she knows what she doesn’t want.”
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  • Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), directed by Anatole Litvak. Slow pans through the huge, dark, empty house punctuated by sounds of bygone phone culture.

SÉRIE NOIRE SERIES: The Chalk Garden (1964) | I Confess (1952) | In the Heat of the Night (1967) | The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) | Wanda (1970) | Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) | The Bad Seed (1956) | Joe (1970).

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THE BOURNE VARIATIONS

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Since January, James Parker has also been contributing a cycle of poems, THE BOURNE VARIATIONS, inspired by scenes from the Jason Bourne movie franchise. 3Q2016 installments in this series include the following.

ALL INSTALLMENTS: “The Goddess of Memory Speaks to Jason Bourne” | THE BOURNE IDENTITY: “The Duellists”. THE BOURNE SUPREMACY: “Congratulations, You Have Just Met Jason Bourne” | “The Graduates” | “The Murder of Agent Daniel Zorn, in Berlin, by CIA Section Chief Ward Abbott”. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM: “Big Daddy” | “The Assassination of the Journalist Simon Ross” | “Full Priority Situation”. THE BOURNE LEGACY: “Alaska, Alone” | “Aaron Cross to the Wolf” | “Fairy Story”. JASON BOURNE: “Watching the Jason Bourne Trailer” | “The Bourne Travesty”.

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CURATED SERIES

HiLobrow curated three reprint series, during 3Q2016. We are very grateful to the authors, all of whom are HiLobrow friends and contributors, for permitting us to gather and republish their work.

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  • KEEPERS. HiLobrow friend and contributor Steph Burt is a literary critic, poet and a professor, who teaches at Harvard University. In July, we published 10 of Steph’s poem’s about everyday objects and pop-cultural phenomena.

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  • ANIMAL MAGNETISM. HiLobrow friend and contributor Colin Dickey is author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, among other terrific books. In August, we reprinted six essays he has published, here and there, over the years, about… animals!
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  • ALL MY STARS. Each week, we reprint Joanne McNeil’s ALL MY STARS newsletter, which tracks and reacts to her latest movie, TV, book, music and exhibition input.
  • CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators

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    ONGOING ORIGINAL SERIES

    During 3Q2016, we published new installments in the following ongoing original series.

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    • BEST ADVENTURES — a series chronicling Josh Glenn’s attempt to read and identify the 10 best adventure novels of each year, from 1904 through 1983. During 3Q2016, we published: 10 Best Adventures of 1951: From Nicholas Monsarrat’s The Cruel Sea to Geoffrey Household’s A Rough Shoot. | 10 Best Adventures of 1956: From Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination to Henry Treece’s The Golden Strangers. | 10 Best Adventures of 1961: From Elmore Leonard’s Hombre to Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. | 10 Best Adventures of 1971: From Richard Stark’s Slayground to Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal.
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    • GOLDEN AGE SCI-FI 75 — a series chronicling Josh Glenn’s attempt to read and identify the best science fiction novels published during the genre’s so-called Golden Age (1934–63). During 3Q2016, we published installments on Jorge Luis Borges’s The Aleph, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, Boris Vian’s Foam of the Daze, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides, John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids, Robert Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters, Bernard Wolfe’s Limbo, Hergé’s Explorers on the Moon, Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and many others. The complete Golden Age Sci-Fi 75 list is here.
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      Chris Page (middle) and Kent Modesitt (right), Red Rocks, August 1987

    • JOSHENILIA — a series exhuming the juvenilia and significant objects, no matter how trite or embarrassing, of HiLobrow’s editor.

    ALSO SEE: 50 Best Scientific Romances (1864–1903) | Radium Age Sci-Fi: 100 Best Novels of 1904–33 | Golden Age Sci-Fi: 75 Best Novels of 1934–1963 | 75 Best New Wave Sci-Fi (1964–83) Novels | The 200 Greatest Adventure Novels of All Time | 101 Science Fiction Adventures

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    SERIALIZED FICTION

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    During 3Q2016, we wrapped up our serialization of Victor Bridges’ 1915 hunted-man adventure, A Rogue by Compulsion: An Affair of the Secret Service.

    SERIALIZED BY HILOBOOKS: Jack London’s The Scarlet Plague | Rudyard Kipling’s With the Night Mail (and “As Easy as A.B.C.”) | Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Poison Belt | H. Rider Haggard’s When the World Shook | Edward Shanks’ The People of the Ruins | William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land | J.D. Beresford’s Goslings | E.V. Odle’s The Clockwork Man | Cicely Hamilton’s Theodore Savage | Muriel Jaeger’s The Man With Six Senses | Jack London’s “The Red One” | Philip Francis Nowlan’s Armageddon 2419 A.D. | Homer Eon Flint’s The Devolutionist | W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Comet” | Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Moon Men | Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland | Sax Rohmer’s “The Zayat Kiss” | Eimar O’Duffy’s King Goshawk and the Birds | Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Lost Prince | Morley Roberts’s The Fugitives | Helen MacInnes’s The Unconquerable | Geoffrey Household’s Watcher in the Shadows | William Haggard’s The High Wire | Hammond Innes’s Air Bridge | James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen | John Buchan’s “No Man’s Land” | John Russell’s “The Fourth Man” | E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” | John Buchan’s Huntingtower | Arthur Conan Doyle’s When the World Screamed | Victor Bridges’ A Rogue By Compulsion

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    Stay tuned!

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    ALSO READ: BEST OF HILOBROW: 2010 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2011 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2012 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2013 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2014 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2015 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 2016 | BEST OF HILOBROW: 1Q2017 | HILOBROW 2Q2017 SNEAK PEEK

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