PROJECT:OBJECT is a sequel to Josh Glenn and Rob Walker’s much-discussed SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS experiment.

Over the course of 2017, PROJECT:OBJECT will publish 100 nonfiction object-oriented stories here at HILOBROW. These will be divided into four themed “volumes” of 25 stories apiece; details below.

New stories each week! Keep up with PROJECT:OBJECT by subscribing to our newsletter. And check out PROJECT:OBJECT objects at our Threadless shop — all profits will be donated to the ACLU!



During 1Q2017 we published 25 nonfiction stories about objects of political significance. Here’s the complete lineup.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

JANUARY: Luc Sante on CAMPAIGN PAMPHLETS | Lydia Millet on PVC POLAR BEAR | Ben Greenman on MATCHBOX CAR | Rob Baedeker on PRESIDENTS PLACEMAT | L.A. Kauffman on WHEATPASTE POSTER | Astra Taylor on SALAM’S NECKLACE | Carolina A. Miranda on POCHO | Stephen Duncombe on PROTEST SIGN | Marisa Silver on SHAMAN BOWLS | James Hannaham on DR. BUZZARD LP | Virginia Heffernan on HRC PAINTING

FEBRUARY: Kenya (Robinson) on BURNER PHONE | Kathryn Davis on POLITBUREAU | Chenjerai Kumanyika on NAT TURNER PRINT | Alexis Madrigal on MERMAID COSTUME | Anne Boyer on ALL KNEES AND ELBOWS OF SUSCEPTIBILITY AND REFUSAL | Steven Heller on JFK DOLL | Anne Elizabeth Moore on BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

MARCH: Gary Dauphin on RUM BOTTLE | Tom Frank on DNC PASS | Lizzie Skurnick on GROUP PHOTO | Stuart Ewen on SNCC PIN | Benjamen Walker on BEEF BOX 12″ | Rob Walker on CAMPAIGN SIGN | Alex Kalman on THEM=US PIN.

Thanks, Rick Pinchera, for the volume logo.



We are currently publishing 25 nonfiction stories about objects of talismanic significance. Here’s the lineup, so far.


VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

APRIL: Veda Hille on CROCHET SHEEP | Gary Panter on DINOSAUR BONES | Jami Attenberg on SELENITE CRYSTAL | Annie Nocenti on MINIATURE DICE | Wayne Curtis on CLOCK WINDING KEY | Judith Zissman on SPINDLE WHORL | Amy Fusselman on BOX OF PENCILS | Josh Glenn on MONKEY WHIMSEY | Mike Watt on DASHBOARD TOTEMS | Gordon Dahlquist on CLAY FOX | Mark Kingwell on ZIPPO.

MAY: Dan Fox on CONKER |Anne Gisleson on WISDOM TEETH | Ben Ehrenreich on CHROME LUMP | Matthew De Abaitua on HATCHET | Ty Burr on INFLATABLE KING KONG | Jacob Covey on ARGUS COIN | Jonathan Gold on PASTRY CUTTER | Jennifer Schuessler on BEER-CAN CHAIR.

JUNE: Jennifer Krasinski on LEO’S LIGHTER | Shelley Jackson on IMPUNITY JANE | Mark Frauenfelder on MARTIAN FINK RING | Amanda Fortini on PRAYER CARD | Jessica Helfand on PILL BOTTLE | CONTEST-WINNING STORY.

Thanks, Jacob Covey, for the volume logo.



We will publish 25 nonfiction stories about objects of illicit significance.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

ILLICIT OBJECTS series: INTRODUCTION | Kio Stark on PEEPSHOW TOKEN | Sari Wilson on TOMBSTONE PARTS | Annalee Newitz on CAR-BOMB REMNANT | Tito Bottitta on MOONINITE SIGN | TBD on TBD | Natalie Kestecher on DAT TAPE (audio) | Wayne Chambliss on RADIOACTIVE TRINITITE | Julian Hoeber on PIG-HAMMER | Catherine Newman on HOARDED VICODIN | Josh Glenn on JAY-PEE SLUGGER | Nicole Pasulka on SHROOMS (audio) | Paul Lukas on STOLEN CORKSCREW | Shelby El Otmani on OCCULT CANDLE (audio) | Sam Dingman on HACK DOCUMENTS (audio) | Andrew Leland on GUIDE CANE (audio) | Douglas Rushkoff on NITROUS BALLOON | Kalila Holt on BURNT UNDERWEAR (audio) | William Gibson on RACIST BOOK | & more.

Stay tuned!



We will publish 25 nonfiction stories about lost significant objects.

VOLUME INTRODUCTION by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

LOST OBJECTS series: INTRODUCTION | Kate Bernheimer on MULLET WIG | Jenna Wortham on TBD | Doug Dorst on STRATOCASTER | Paul Lukas on VANILLA BEAN | Mimi Lipson on TBD | Luc Sante on CLUB CHAIR | Nina Katchadourian on FOUNTAIN PENS | Matthew Sharpe on BAUBLE | Claire Lehmann on HRC CRACKERS | Jessamyn West on ENGINEER RING | Mandy Keifetz on ORGONE ACCUMULATOR | Molly Sauter on DOG FIGURINE | Amy Thielen on DOG-FUR SCARF | Stephen O’Connor on RED HUNTING CAP | Alice Boone on COLLEGE NEWSPAPERS | Dante Ramos on ROAD ATLAS | TBD on TBD | Chelsey Johnson on NOTEBOOK | Susannah Breslin on RUBBER VAGINA | Seth Mnookin on .22 HANDGUN | & more.

Stay tuned!



Our goal, during each quarter of 2017 — thanks to the generosity of our contributors, and to sales from our Threadless shop — is to donate $500.00 to the American Civil Liberties Union. You can help the cause. Purchase PROJECT:OBJECT objects, and ALL PROFITS will go to the ACLU, an organization whose real-world significance these days cannot be underestimated. Plus, you’ll now own a stylish memento of our awesome story-telling enterprise.

Each quarter, when we announce the new PROJECT:OBJECT volume, we’ll also announce a new artwork specific to that volume, and new additions — featuring that artwork — to our shop.

But… you must act fast!

One month after each volume ends, we’ll decisively withdraw all volume-related apparel and accessories from our shop. For example: POLITICAL OBJECTS ends in late March; so in late April, we’ll remove all POLITICAL OBJECTS t-shirts, etc., from our shop — forever. If you snooze, you’ll lose the opportunity to support the ACLU — and to own some terrific gear. Because Threadless is a print-on-demand operation, we won’t have any extra t-shirts or travel mugs stashed away — you’ll be out of luck.

PS: In addition to the volume-specific designs, we’ve emblazoned t-shirts, hoodies, and other stuff available from our shop with the PROJECT:OBJECT logo. The P:O logo apparel and accessories will be available all year long. All profits from purchases of these logo items made on or before March 31 will be donated to the ACLU, as part of the POLITICAL OBJECTS donation.


We’re grateful to BoingBoing,, Design Observer, Paola Antonelli, The Awl, and everyone else who’s given PROJECT:OBJECT a shout-out.

Thanks, Rick Pinchera, for the PROJECT:OBJECT logo. And thanks, SEMIOVOX, for sponsoring PROJECT:OBJECT.

SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS at HILOBROW: PROJECT:OBJECT homepage | PROJECT:OBJECT newsletter | PROJECT:OBJECT objects (Threadless shop — all profits donated to the ACLU) | POLITICAL OBJECTS series (1Q2017) | TALISMANIC OBJECTS series (2Q2017) | ILLICIT OBJECTS series (3Q2017) | LOST OBJECTS series (4Q2017) | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects. ALSO SEE: SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS website | SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS collection, ed. Rob Walker and Josh Glenn (Fantagraphics, 2012) | TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY, ed. Josh Glenn (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007).

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