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Help HILOBROW.COM serialize THE BALLAD OF COCKY THE FOX, a brilliant novel-in-progress by JAMES PARKER. It's about a dissolute fox's adventures.

HILOBROW is a fiercely independent intellectual/literary website. Its editors, Matthew Battles and Joshua Glenn, are eager to publish a serialized novel by contributing writer James Parker. The novel is titled: THE BALLAD OF COCKY THE FOX.

As a journalist and critic (The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Barnes & Noble Review), and as a a columnist for The Atlantic Monthly, James Parker is as exciting to read as W.H. Auden and Geezer Butler rolled into one. However, although James wants to write fiction, he's discovered that he can't do so without the pressure of deadlines, an expectant readership, and a paycheck. We've seen drafts of THE BALLAD OF COCKY THE FOX, and it blew us away. Hence this ingenious plan!

If we raise the money, we'll post 20 installments, between April 15 and the end of the year, to HILOBROW; after that, we'll publish a printed book. Each post in the series will be illustrated by Kristin Parker, who will also design a COCKY THE FOX t-shirt. Between installments, we'll email subscribers a PDF newsletter that might contain status reports from James, Kristin's sketches, and replies to reader letters, not to mention fun vulpine trivia, fables, poetry, games and puzzles.

Every dime raised via Kickstarter will be used to pay James and Kristin a small amount per installment; to print the t-shirts; and to self-publish the book's first edition. HILOBROW's editors won't keep a dime for ourselves. This is a labor of love. Please donate, and spread the word!

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    Between each of the novel's 20 installments, you'll receive an ENTERTAINING and INFORMATIVE email newsletter in PDF format. The newsletter may include: elliptical author's status reports; sketches for the serialized novel's illustrations; replies to letters written to the author, the novel's characters, or the editors; vulpine trivia, fables, poetry, games and puzzles.

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    In addition to the email newsletter, you'll receive a signed copy of the book's first edition.

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    In addition to the email newsletter and signed copy of the book, you'll receive a COCKY THE FOX t-shirt.

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    In addition to receiving the email newsletter, a signed copy of the book, and a COCKY THE FOX t-shirt, you will be thanked in the first edition's acknowledgments.

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    In addition to receiving the email newsletter, a COCKY THE FOX t-shirt, and a signed copy of the book's first edition with your name in the acknowledgments, you will receive a limited-edition (signed) print featuring one of the book's original illustrations and a poem by the author.

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