The Shell Game

The Shell Game


University of Nebraska
Expected publication date: April 2018
An anthology of intriguing essays that borrow their forms from ordinary, everyday sources: a recipe, a crossword puzzle, a Craig’s List ad... Edited and with an introduction by Kim Adrian, this selection of beautifully written, thought-provoking essays tackles a broad range of subjects, including the secrets of the human genome, the intractable pain of growing up black in America, and the gorgeous glow residing at the edges of the autism spectrum. Surprising and delightful, the essays in this anthology are destined to become classics of this new and increasingly popular form.
"Daring, innovative, and mind-bending, this anthology showcases the best of what is arguably the most exciting new thing on the literary landscape today: the borrowed form essay."
—Kathy Fish, coauthor of Rift and author of Wild Life

“Virginia Woolf asked of the essay ‘simply that it should give pleasure.’ The Shell Game fulfills this request, even exceeds it, bringing startling diversity of subject, voice, and form. Each essay is a new surprise, a prettier shell than ordinary, demonstrating astonishing originality in mimicry and providing, for this reader at least, pure joy.”
—Patrick Madden, author of Sublime Physick and Quotidiana
PREFACE by Brenda Miller
INTRODUCTION by Kim Adrian
Grand Theft Auto by Joey Franklin
Ok, Cupid by Sarah McColl
Rubik’s Cube, Six Twisted Paragraphs by Kathryn A. Kopple
Solving My Way to Grandma by Laurie Easter
Genome Tome by Priscilla Long
As Is by. Brian Oliu
Falling In Love With A Glass House: Twenty-Four Views of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House by Jennifer Metsker
Son of Mr. Green Jeans: an Essay on Fatherhood, Alphabetically Arranged by Dinty W. Moore
Snakes & Ladders by Anushka Jasraj
Math 1619 by Gwendolyn Wallace
We Regret to Inform You by Brenda Miller
The Six Answers on the Back of a Trivia Card by Caitlin Horrocks
Piecing the Quilt of Valor by Judith Sornberger
Self-Portrait as a 1970s Cineplex Movie Theatre (an Abecedarian) by Steve Fellner
The Forgetting Test by Lee Upton
Stagecraft by Mary Peelan
# MISCARRIAGE.EXE by ngrid Jendrzejewski
Section 404 by Cheyenne Nimes
The Body (excerpt) by Jenny Boully
Questionnaire for My Grandfather by Kim Adrian
The Petoskey Catechism, 1958 by Elizabeth Kerlikowske
What Signifies (Three Parables) by David Shields
The Marriage License by Judy Bolton-Fasman
The Heart as a Torn Muscle by Randon Billings Noble
The Spectrum (of Miracles and Mysteries). by Steve Edwards
‘Easy as Pie,’ That’s a Lie by Amy Wallen
Outline Towards a Theory of the Mine Versus the Mind and the Harvard Outline by Ander Monson
The Clockwise Detorsion of Snails: A Love Essay in Sectors by Karen Hays
Contributor’s Note by Michael Martone
POSTSCRIPT by Cheyenne Nimes
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