The Simile Museum

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“They all sat there in silence. It was like being in a play where no one knew the next line.”

– Emily St. John Mandel

“When I write, it’s as if I were butchering eels… I pay little attention to the unpleasantness of the operation.” 

-Elena Ferrante

“Then the river, like an awakened bear, yanked the rope and Juan went down too.”

-Diane Cook

“Most of Muriel’s friends are writers, real writers, not like my old friends who got over it like the flu.”

-Lily King

“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 act in ways that confound our enemy, as events spiral toward the people’s vision.”

-Micah White

“The sun is wide, like an eye cut open,
and it blasts the man
so that his whole shadow
scuttles beneath his belly.”

-Max Ritvo

“When he visited, Desiree felt like a girl again, the years falling away like meat off the bone.”

-Brit Bennett

“She sorts through the other babies. She pats me down as if searching for something. She touches me on the thigh. She feels like she’s about to snow.”

-Sabrina Orah Mark

“Tarquin Gould’s parents were out of town, so he had to throw a party, those were the rules. The news circulated like a virus: it was uncertain who had started it, but by the time the weekend came around it had been received by everyone who needed to receive it.”

-Emma Sloley

“Kids were always needing a Band-Aid, pink skin splitting like summer fruit.”

-Rumaan Alam