The Simile Museum

 

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“I sit at my window and the words fly past me like birds–with God’s help I catch some.”

-Jean Rhys

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“I washed my hands as if they were children, cradling first one and then the other.”

-Miranda July

“The effect of this was palpable and immediate, and she felt as if she were petting a large skittish animal, like a horse or a bear, skillfully coaxing it to eat from her hand.”

-Kristen Roupenian

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“Generally I’ve found this to be true: I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

-Stephen Koch

“The world and its history were to Nora like a ship in a bottle; she herself was outside and unidentified, endlessly embroiled in a preoccupation without a problem.”

-Djuna Barnes

“A novel, like all written things, is a piece of music, the language demanding you make a sound as you read it. Writing one, then, is like remembering a song you’ve never heard before.”

-Alexander Chee

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“At the same time, the natural autonomy of horizontalism, and its deep reliance on independent, small affinity groups of activists, encourages a constant drive to innovate. This self-overcoming is the engine of our velocity. It grants us the power to wobble, to swerve like a flock of birds and to act in ways that confound our enemy, as events quickly spiral toward the people’s vision.”

-Micah White