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The shell game : writers play with borrowed forms

Author: Kim Adrian; Brenda Miller; Cheyenne Nimes
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Shell Game is an anthology of magical essays that borrow their structures from ordinary, everyday sources : a recipe, a crossword puzzle, a Craig's List ad. This volume contains a carefully chosen selection of beautifully written, thought-provoking hybrid essays tackling a broad range of subjects"--
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Genre/Form: Essays
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kim Adrian; Brenda Miller; Cheyenne Nimes
ISBN: 9780803296763 0803296762
OCLC Number: 1033580434
Description: xvi, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword : discovering the hermit crab essay / Brenda Miller --
A natural history of the North American hermit crab essay / Kim Adrian --
Grand theft auto / Joey Franklin --
Ok, Cupid / Sarah McColl --
Rubik's cube, six twisted paragraphs / Kathryn A. Kopple --
Solving my way to grandma / Laurie Easter --
Genome tome / Priscilla Long --
As is / Brian Oliu --
Falling in love with a glass house : twenty-four views of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth house / Jennifer Metsker --
Son of Mr. Green Jeans : an essay on fatherhood, alphabetically arranged / Dinty W. Moore --
Snakes & ladders / Anushka Jasraj --
Math 1619 / Gwendolyn Wallace --
Stagecraft / Mary Peelen --
We regret to inform you / Brenda Miller --
The six answers on the back of a trivia card / Caitlin Horrocks --
Piecing the quilt of valor / Judith Sornberger --
Self-portrait as a 1970s cineplex movie theatre (an Abecedarian) / Steve Fellner --
The forgetting test / Lee Upton --
#miscarriage.exe / Ingrid Jendrzejewski --
SECTION 404 / Cheyenne Nimes --
The body (an excerpt) / Jenny Boully --
Questionnaire for my grandfather / Kim Adrian --
The Petoskey catechism, 1958 / Elizabeth Kerlikowske --
What signifies (three parables) / David Shields --
The marriage license / Judy Bolton-Fasman --
The heart as a torn muscle / Randon Billings Noble --
The spectrum (of miracles and mysteries) / Steve Edwards --
"Easy as pie," that's a lie / Amy Wallen --
Outline toward a theory of the mine versus the mind and the Harvard outline / Ander Monson --
The clockwise detorsion of snails : a love essay in sectors / Karen Hays --
Postscript : forms on the page / Cheyenne Nimes --
Source acknowledgments --
Contributors --
Contributor's note / Michael Martone.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Kim Adrian ; foreword by Brenda Miller ; postscript by Cheyenne Nimes.

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Within the recent explosion of creative nonfiction, a new type of form is quietly emerging, what Brenda Miller calls ""hermit crab essays"". The Shell Game is an anthology of these intriguing essays  Read more...

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