"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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The aura of ambiguity beckons in refusal; you can sense but not quite see. Something is out there. [Jackal Project, Andrew Sempere and Tangentlab, 2001-3] Every work of art is an attempt to bring something into clearer focus; perhaps even, to invoke. Every attempt fails. And so, we continue. And we realize, in the continuation, […]

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In December 1984 a small but memorable press conference was held in an English pub. It had just been announced that Ted Hughes was to be the new Poet Laureate, and a media reception had been arranged in Hughes’ local hostelry. What a figure he cut, the honored poet! Sage, tangle-browed, regarding the TV cameras […]

Philip K. Dick in Gary Panter's ROZZ TOX MANIFESTO T-shirtPhilip K. Dick in Gary Panter's ROZZ TOX MANIFESTO T-shirt

Those born from 1924-33 are nearly impervious to Middlebrow’s discourse.


The very public tragedies in the life of TED HUGHES (1930-98) sometimes overshadow his work. He’s been blamed him for the murder/suicide of his second wife and daughter, and most famously for the suicide of his first wife, Sylvia Plath. Plath’s devotees, in particular, seem to read the poets’ imagery (the predators in Hughes’ work) […]

Dirk Zimmer's illustration for Hughes's book

A hilobrow literary mystery…