“Finding magic in unexpected things.” (NPR’s All Things Considered
“Like a Salvation Army staffed by brilliant writers...” (GalleyCat
“Significant Objects combines one of the oldest of all media — the near-improvised short story — with the reinvigorated writer-reader relationship afforded by Web 2.0.” (The Independent of London’s Couch Surfer
“Significant Objects is an incredibly fun, if curious, success, one that toys with the disparity between an object’s financial and emotional values, and speaks to our wonderfully human propensity to believe in nonsense.” (GOOD Magazine
“The short stories are lovely. Some allude to an object’s brush with fame; others suggest heartache, loneliness and the occasional bar fight. Each story casts a strange spell on the objects, and on our perception of them.” (The Economist's More Intelligent Life
“One of the most life-affirmingly cheeky studies I have seen for ages.” (The Guardian
“To those who don’t believe in the transcendent power of a good story … behold: the Significant Objects project.” (AdWeek.com
Joshua Glenn is editor of the website HiLobrow; in the ’90s he published the independent zine/journal Hermenaut. He’s co-authored and co-edited several books, including The Idler’s Glossary, The Wage Slave’s Glossary, and the kids’ field guide to life Unbored (October 2012). In 2011, he produced a brainteaser iPhone app, KER-PUNCH!. In 2012, HiLoBooks will serialize and reissue six overlooked classics of science fiction. He lives in Boston.
Rob Walker contributes to The New York Times Magazine and Design Observer, among others. He is the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, and Letters from New Orleans. More at www.robwalker.net.Jonathan Lethem
is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude
and Motherless Brooklyn
, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.Gary Panter
was born in Texas in 1950 and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, the designer Helene Silverman. He is a three-time Emmy Award-winner for his work as the production designer of Pee-wee's Playhouse.William Gibson
is a professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford Brookes University. He is also academic director of the Westminster Institute of Education.
KURT ANDERSEN is a novelist (Heyday, Turn of the Century) and journalist (Studio 360).
Meg Cabot is an American author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults and used to write under several pen names, but now writes exclusively under her real name, Meg Cabot. She has written and published over fifty books, including The Princess Diaries.
Mark Frauenfelder is a blogger, illustrator, and journalist. He is editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and co-editor of the collaborative weblog Boing Boing.
Sheila Heti, who was born in Toronto, Ontario, studied art history and philosophy at the University of Toronto and playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a writer and works as Interviews Editor at The Believer (magazine).
Shelley Jackson is a writer and artist known for her cross-genre experiments, including her groundbreaking work of hyperfiction, Patchwork Girl (1995). In 2006, Jackson published her first novel, Half Life.
Heidi Julavits is an American author and co-editor of The Believer magazine.
Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.
Tom McCarthy is a writer and artist. He was born in London in 1969 and lives in central London. Lydia Millet
won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for her third novel, My Happy Life
, and her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys
was one of three finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the bestselling novels American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which are being translated into twenty-five languages.
Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunkgenre.