Hello, again my sassy scripters! It is Little Red here to discuss an interesting writing form called the hermit crab essay. The form is re-used, by this I mean the form is something that already exists: a recipe, a tweet, a list, a crossword, a manual, etc. The form you choose, however, has to add meaning to the piece, it cannot just be any random form.
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Essays in Strange Forms and Peculiar Places: ‘The Shell Game’
I used to think of viable adoptable forms as dictionary entries and bibliographies, menus and recipes—where the form, or shell, looked exactly like the thing it was—where only the content had been subtly or subversively altered. Now, nearly a generation later, the shells also seemed different—often more subtle than I was used to, and often more subversive as a result. Though it was only early November, holiday advertising was in full swing, and I found myself thinking about the Advent calendars of my youth. Every year, just after Christmas, my mother stocked up on the discounted calendars, and the following year—reliably every December 1 st —a shrink-wrapped calendar with a picture of Santa or some reindeer or Frosty the Snowman appeared in our kitchen for me to unwrap. There were 24 perforated squares to pop open, each with a waxy chocolate candy inside, and on the last day—the glorious 25 th of December—a final perforated door gave way to an equally waxy chocolate candy.
I read all types of writing and like to learn new techniques. After all, you never know when something will come in handy. Her piece is a hermit crab essay.