The Simile Museum


Urban-Reef-House-II-Jason-DeCaires-Taylor-Underwater-Sculpture.jpg“That first morning, belief in art as a cultural value in its own right felt intellectually correct but deeply abstract, far removed, like an object underwater.”

-Leslie Jamison


“Leaning back on his rattan chair, sporting a white T-shirt and khakis, his perfect ankles exposed because he wore no socks with his boat shoes, he was cool as ice cream even in the tropical weather.”

-Viet Thanh Nguyen

“It left my sister Greta, younger than me by two years but with test scores that painted me a remedial toddler by comparison, with a tic that made her pull out her hair until the white bald patches of her scalp shone through like flags of surrender.”

-Xhenet Aliu


“The change is small, but it’s enough to increase the melt rate on the underside of these glaciers. Floating ice shelves, which grow like fingernails where the glaciers meet the ocean, are particularly vulnerable to melting from below.”

-Jeff Goodell

“You learn how little you know. It becomes much more difficult because the hardest thing in the world is simplicity. And the most fearful thing, too. It becomes more difficult because you have to strip yourself of all your disguises, some of which you didn’t know you had. You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone.”

-James Baldwin

“Snow fell like clots of wet laundry.”

-Lisa Ko


“The mixture of wine and dreary weather is like a barnacle on the hull of my sinking mood, and I consider calling in sick for the afternoon, going home, retreating into a prolonged coma-nap.”

-Cate Dicharry