"Among Other Things is a delightful reminder of how satisfying it can be to watch a single mind roll over the folds of its own thinking. With neither flashy forms nor sensational confessions, the essays in this collection are beguiling, witty, and surprisingly surprising because they approach their subjects head-on and yet still manage to cast new angles of light onto what we thought we'd seen before."

                   - John D'Agata, Contest Judge

 

"This is a most strange and sensational collection of essays! Robert Long Foreman writes prose so deceptively clear that the reader has no idea of being led to the still water's edge, where all is deepening mystery, the harder one looks."

                   - Richard Rodriguez, author of                            Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography

 

"This collection marks the thrilling debut of a writer who possesses that rare thing—an original and compelling voice. Through Rob Foreman’s lens, the ordinary world becomes delightfully odd and astonishing. Foreman is witty and intellectual, irreverent and curious, deeply honest and always surprising. Only a writer of singular talent can illuminate aspects of our world as if we’re are seeing them for the first time, as Foreman does in this splendid book."

                   - Maureen Stanton, author of                              Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

 

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NEWS

 

10/3/17: My short story, "Jackbeetle," about an insect with a sense of self who tortures a fracking engineer, will be published in an upcoming issue of Crazyhorse

 

8/15/17: No news is good news.

 

5/19/17: "Peanut Butter," a Weird Pig story, will appear in the next issue of Barrelhouse.

 

4/19/17: My short story "Grace" will appear in the next issue of The Laurel Review. It's about a child who disappears at the children's museum.

 

4/7/17: The Fall issue of Agni will feature my short story "Zillow Games." It's about a concerned mother who learns that her husband has been endangering their child's safety in the name of scoring points on an iPhone game.

 

3/24/17: The original Weird Pig story that started it all is online at Copper Nickel.

 

1/15/17: You can read my essay on Pixar's Inside Out at Electric Literature.

 

1/9/17: My short story, "Enjoy the Clams," can now be read at the online magazine Qu.

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Robert's work has been appearing in literary magazines since 2006. His essays and short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and contests at The Journal, Willow Springs, American Literary Review, and The Cincinnati Review. Five of his essays have been listed as "Notable" in the Best American Essays anthologies. He lives in Kansas City.

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Essays

 

Nothing Comes Back from the Dump - at - Electric Literature

I Haven't Met Robert Coover - in - Tusculum Review 12

Jigsaw Puzzle - in - River Teeth 17.1

Why I Write Nonfiction - in - Copper Nickel 20

Dirty Laundry - in - Fourth Genre 16.1 

Answers - in - Pleiades 33.2 and Utne Reader Summer 2014

Boxes - in - Third Coast 36

Carlo - in - American Literary Review 24

Guts - in - The Cossack Review 2

James and the Giant Noise Violation - in - The Journal 36.1

The Emperor of Ice Cream - in - Cream City Review 35.2

My Skillet and I Are Disappearing - in - Southern Indiana Review 17.2

Centripetal Force - in - Kestrel 25

Clubs - in - Pleiades 30.2

The Most Lifelike Thing in the Room - in - Michigan Quarterly Review 49.2

The Road to Leeks and Pears - in - The Yalobusha Review 15

The Importance of Being Somewhere - in - Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts 9

Guns and Those Who Brandish Them in Cleveland - in - North Dakota Quarterly 76.4

Glass Fibers - in - Under the Sun 14.1

Pigs and Eggplant - in - Alimentum 8 

Playing Dead - in - Harpur Palate 8.1

Speak, Walking Stick - in - The Massachusetts Review 48.1

Moving Forward - in - SLAB 1

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Short stories

 

Zillow Games - in - Agni (forthcoming)

Jackbeetle - in - Crazyhorse (forthcoming)

Grace - in - Laurel Review 50.1

Enjoy the Clams - in - Qu

Black Telephone - in - New Ohio Review 20

Lost Origins - in - The Chattahoochee Review 36.2+3

Awe - in - Cincinnati Review 13.1

Eliza - in - Exit 7Issue 5

Gilda - in - THIS. 6

Sympathy for the Devil - in - Redivider 12.1

Vonwürdig - in - Booth 

Appraisals - in - Hobart 

Problem Week - in - Another Chicago Magazine 52

The Man with the Nightmare Gun - in - Willow Springs 72

On Brian’s Dreams of Submarines - in - Mid-American Review 33.2

The Story of Herman Melville and His Masterpiece Moby-Dick - in - Quarter After Eight 19

Turkey of the Woods - in - Indiana Review 34.2 

Cadiz, Missouri - in - AGNI 75 and The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition.

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