"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell

The tesseract as Edwardian mental gymnastics.

Celebrating thirteen HiLo Heroes about whom we wrote in 2009.


Don’t you love it when the first thing everyone asks you about your work is, “isn’t that illegal?” [The Cones Project, a performance art/virtual maps mashup, Peggy Nelson, 2009] Craig Baldwin is a scavenger, collagist, and freeform San Francisco freak. He is also a Whitney Biennial-selected filmmaker, educator, and historian, whose work pulls back the […]

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A few months ago, a friend of mine started Twittering his doodles. An irrepressible draftsman, Walter Sickert has the kind of old-skool muse that demands daily tribute. A sketchbook is always ready pocketside and, at any break in the action, instead of surfing the web on his phone, he draws. September EdRiEEiRdE Lady in the […]

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One of my favorite blogs, Bozo Sapiens, offers a thoughtful consideration of Aleister Crowley, who as a HiLo Hero was recently fêted in this space. Blogger Michael Kaplan serves up elegant and evocative accounts of human drives and foibles like “grace” or “force” or “devotion,” each centered on a person or episode from history. In […]

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ALEISTER CROWLEY (1875–1947) Mountaineer, fiendish hedonist, and magus incandescent, ALEISTER CROWLEY (1875–1947) remains one of the more remarkable figures of Edwardian letters, though his peculiar reputation makes a frank assessment of the man a rare thing. Between his public infamy as an obscene heretic — the “wickedest man in the world” — and the claustrophobic […]


The 1874-83 cohort travel far and wide in search of new visions.