The Simile Museum

“There are touches like bridles you can kick away, and then there are touches that startle you into temporary submission, like the universe catching its breath: body against stunned body, mind against bright mind. A sudden snare of recognition. Wildness regarding itself.”

-Amy Bonnaffons

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“Sunrise was heating the ring of the horizon

and clouds were rising like leaves.”

-Derek Walcott

monkeys-3.jpg“There is something feckless about a writer’s journals. They are a specialist’s document, and those who parse their pages are like grooming baboons, searching for fleas.”

-Dustin Illingworth

“A pale face like a peeled potato.”

-Natalia Ginzburg

“Wife three, it must be said, looked radiant, though it was a cold radiance like that of a blade. Treat me like an object of pity, her bearing announced, hint that I was somehow to blame, and I will cut you.”

-Sigrid Nunez

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“He was very tall and strong, with a face as big as a ham — plain and pale, but intelligent and smiling.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson

“A man used to live near us in a big two-storey house. The house was of concrete, with decorated concrete blocks, and it was in a lovely ochre colour with chocolate wood facings, everything so neat and nice it look like something to eat.”

-V.S. Naipaul