The Simile Museum

Tag: Simile

“it was the longest day of the year, and the Irish Sea had a metallic tint. The waves were tiny but insistent, like uncoöperative children.”

-D.T. Max

“Grief rattles about your mind like a loose pebble in a shoe.”

-Caleb Azumah Nelson

“The laughter came wrung out against my will like sugar, like sweat, like a whole child, like oil from a grape seed, an unlikely miracle.”

-Venita Blackburn

“Nora’s voice was annoyingly like Alison’s, precise and concerned, careful, like the handwriting on a get-well card.”

-Alexandra Kleeman

“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

“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