Take a lucky dip in this refreshing pool of posts, randomly selected like literary Russian roulette (but more fun and much safer). Or filter by category to take a deeper dive into specific themes.  Enjoy!

As cold as …

As cold as …

A cool simile for coldness, since jelly by its nature needs to be kept so.  See also a superb maritime simile by Keats to convey the same...

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A laughing owl

A laughing owl

No idea if owls laugh, but I like this phrase.  Next time someone says something too daft to credit, feel free to deploy it.It was enough to make an...

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Hangover face

Hangover face

Wonderful way to describe the face of a hungover man, though no doubt he felt every bit as bad as he looked, straining under the weight of a...

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First encounter

First encounter

A first meeting between lovers comes less as an encounter with a stranger than a recognition of someone you've been waiting for. And just as we were...

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As softly as …

As softly as …

What a place, what a time, the two idyllic years Durrell spent in Rhodes after the war.  His account is full of lyrical descriptions of scenes and...

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Mineral metaphor

Mineral metaphor

Saint-Exupery takes your breath away with the originality of his metaphors.  That peace is greater than the sum of its parts is one thing, but to...

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Appreciation is a better mode for the understanding of achievement than are all the analytical kinds of accounting for the emergence of exceptional individuals.  Appreciation may judge, but always with gratitude, and frequently with awe and wonder.  

By ‘appreciation’ I mean something more than ‘adequate esteem’.  Need also enters into it, in the particular sense of turning to the genius of others in order to redress a lack in oneself, or finding in genius a stimulus to one’s own powers, whatever these may emerge as being.

Source: Harold Bloom, Genius (London: Fourth Estate, 2002), p. 5

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