It might be a recipe, a police report, a to-do list, or countless other structures. I wanted to try my hand at hermit crabbing, so I have attempted to write operating instructions for living a kind life. Thanks for indulging me and thanks, Kathi, for introducing me to something new. These operating instructions should help you make the most of your investment.
By Natalie Johansen. I know I am not alone in noticing recent trends toward divisiveness as we move further from the ideals of civil discourse. The range of ideas explored in this collection support that sense of disparity. Madden cartwheels from meditating on inertia to mixing proverbs to creating a period-accurate Montaigne costume the last one might be useful for students who ever wonder what professors do in their free time. As is true of his first two essay collections, readers are as likely to encounter quotations from classical essayists as they are to encounter lyrics from classic rock. Elsewhere in the collection, he creates an essay by feeding his first two collections into computer software that generates a predictive keyboard based on his previous work.
The Hermit Crab Essay: Brenda Miller Unshells her Own
Miller discussed the process by which she teaches the hermit crab essay, as well as some of the obstacles of the form. She begins by having students brainstorm non-literary forms to plunder. Then they have to choose one form at random and write what kind of content they think pairs with it, allowing themselves to engage with the unexpected, letting the form dictate the content. They should create a personal on the page that fulfills expectations of the borrowed form. She says this process often shows how content wants to expand the story beyond the form, just as a hermit crab outgrows its shell, nudging the boundaries.