PO_square_iconPROJECT:OBJECT is an ongoing series of stories about objects, in collaboration with Joshua Glenn.

Over the course of 2017, PROJECT:OBJECT publishes four “volumes” of 25 stories each, on the site HILOBROW. While nonfiction personal essays are the heart of the enterprise, PROJECT:OBJECT also encompasses or will encompass physical objects, audio stories, original illustration, workshops, events, charitable fundraising, and other stuff we haven’t thought of yet.

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VOL 1: political-montage-e1491419564421POLITICAL OBJECTS ran from January to March, with nonfiction stories about personal objects with political significance by Virginia Heffernan, Luc Sante, Alexis Madrigal, Lydia Millet, Ben Greenman, Carolina A. Miranda, Stuart Ewen, Rob Baedeker, L.A. Kauffman, Astra Taylor, Stephen Duncombe, Marisa Silver, Chenjerai Kumanyika, Steven Heller, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Gary Dauphin, Tom Frank, Lizzie Skurnick, Alex Kalman and more.

This debut series also featured the first set of Project:Object ObjectsRick Pinchera‘s original designs for the POLITICAL OBJECTS volume, on T-shirts, mugs, and other apparel and accessories, were available for limited time, with proceeds adding to the project’s  $500 contribution to the ACLU. New designs for subsequent volumes will be similarly available.

Pinchera’s designs for PROJECT:OBJECT remain available on T-shirts, mugs, and other objects.

Coverage & endorsements from BoingBoing, Kottke.org, Design Observer, Paola Antonelli, and The Awl: “This is definitely one of the remaining examples of the rapidly diminishing ‘good Internet’ ice caps that will some day be spoken of only in legend.” 



VOL. 2: TALISMANIC OBJECTS ran from April to June, with stories about personal talismans from Gary Panter, Jami Attenberg, Amy Fusselman, Mike Watt, Mark Kingwell, Ben Ehrenreich, Jessica Helfand, Shelley Jackson, Amanda Fortini, Wayne Curtis, Jennifer Schuessler, Ben Ehrenreich, Shelley Jackson, Mark Frauenfelder, Ed Skoog, and more.

This series also included the project’s first story contest, with guest judge Annie Nocenti.

Talismanic Object Objects featured the original design of Jacob Covey on T-shirts, mugs, and a pouch perfect for holding your talisman; proceeds donated to the ACLU.


VOL. 3: ILLICIT OBJECTS runs through September with 25 new stories about illicit personal objects by Kio Stark, Sari Wilson, Annalee Newitz, Eric Bennett, Catherine Newman, Josh Glenn, Paul Lukas, Douglas Rushkoff, Alison Fensterstock, William Gibson, Katie Notopoulos, Wesley Stace and more.

Also featuring our first-ever audio stories, from Natalie Kestecher, Nicole Pasulka, Shelby El Otmani, Sam Dingman,Ramona Martinez, Andrew Leland, Kalila Holt, and Julia Barton. To hear all our ILLICIT OBJECTS audio stories, check out the special episode of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything

Illicit Object Objects feature the original artwork of Joe Alterio. Proceeds to the ACLU.


VOL. 4: LOST OBJECTS launches in October, and runs through December. It will feature 25 new stories, and a collaboration with 25 artists and illustrators. More soon.