The Simile Museum

“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

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“They kept reaching for each other’s waists and drawing their hands quickly away, as if testing the heat of a fire.”

-Jamel Brinkley

 

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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

“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