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

A 1911 exposé of a mutant species with high brows

The Discordians got their logo idea from PKDunteleport

Skepticism, cynicism, irony, and contempt vs. the BIP


A scene from STRIPES (1981)


Rebooting is no nostalgia trip — nor is it snarkily ironic.

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Joshua Glenn on a panel from TALES TO ASTONISH (1962)

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A scene from CLAMBAKE (1967)


He began as a critic of Middlebrow, but was suborned by it.


Middlebrow ads on HiLobrow?


Cliff Edwards & the danger of a tiny instrument.

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The kitschification of the pipe.


“No Context” is an origin myth for Nobrow.

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Alfred Lambert’s prehistoric golf shoes — from The Corrections.


The man who rescued Harper’s from Middlebrow.


Put Joseph Campbell back on the shelf, already!

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Millennial Middlebrow!


Chewie is middlebrow! Darth Vader is quatsch!


Lipsyte trumps Eggers


A 1997 discourse on the lower and higher absurdities.


The Hero With a Thousand Price Points.


Crime writer Robert B. Parker is dead. HiLobrow.com contributor Sarah Weinman, who writes “Dark Passages,” a monthly online mystery & suspense column for the Los Angeles Times, and “The Criminalist”, a monthly online column for the Barnes & Noble Review, has linked to dozens of tributes. Today, in a Los Angeles Times appreciation, she tactfully […]


Last week’s advice was not for everyone, Gladwell Moore recognizes that. What if you don’t want to be a playa? What if you just want one, the one, with whom you can hang out at the café, redecorate the loft in Williamsburg, and take home to Mom as the final blow to your brother in […]

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A cherubic angel heralds the advent of Minute Maid Heart Wise orange juice, which miraculously — note how the bottle glows — resolves the tension between thesis (“It helps lower cholesterol”) and antithesis (“It tastes great”). What’s not to love about this synthesis? Middlebrows love them some dialectical synthesis. In their world, you can have […]


The matrix of modern dispositions

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Every now and then, a well-meaning intellectual mounts a three-quarters-hearted defense of Cold War-era High Middlebrow — i.e., the Great Books of the Western World collection, the Book-of-the-Month Club, Masterpiece Theatre, the arts magazine Horizon, the B.B.C.’s Home Service programs. As previously noted, Russell Lynes mounted such a defense in 1949; his “Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow” […]