The Simile Museum

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“For three decades, Murphy hemmed and hawed, insisted that the book was ‘about a third done,’ and failed to commit her grand theories to paper. Friends helped her make publishing connections, but Murphy blew past her delivery dates like a cyclone.”

-Rachel Syme

“Aleq sat with him, but Malik didn’t seem to see him. Food appeared on his lap and then was taken away. Aleq reminded him of the way, on bad-weather days, they used to tell each other that if they closed their eyes and opened them again, the sun would be back out.

Finally Malik moved his arms and opened his eyes. His head swayed like they were on a boat.”

-Jim Shepard

“But then there are those who wear their destinies like nooses, whose lives run straight as planks, however they try to twist.”

-Madeline Miller

“The sky was black like the middle of a eye.”

-Souvankham Thammavongsa

“Condense your want into a word, and water will emerge from your mouth like milk.”

-K-Ming Chang

“..the one corner of the throw rug that flipped up like a cowlick…”

-Celeste Ng

“Constitutionalism didn’t burst from the head of James Madison, like Athena from Zeus, simply on account of all the books he’d read. Sure, constitutionalism flew from the pages of those books, but it was also shot from the barrel of a gun.”

-Jill Lepore

“Again, we ascended the narrow staircase and deposited our shoes in the mass outside the loft. Then, we made our way to the only clearing on its soft floor. Beside me sat a man whose anxiety radiated from him in waves, like heat corrugating the air.”

-Melissa Febos

“With the help of fear and echoes and winter silences, that dog had a voice like a big bronze gong.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

“For to wish to forget how much you loved someone — and then, to actually forget — can feel, at times, like the slaughter of a beautiful bird who chose, by nothing short of grace, to make a habitat of your heart.”

– Maggie Nelson