The Simile Museum

arrowhead-iron-railing-1855351-o.jpg“From the second floor he faces the night, the city in its icy white light, the skeletal trees in the square, and thirty feet below, the black arrowhead railings like a row of spears.”

-Ian McEwan

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“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

“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