Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Is it still a secret wish if everyone knows it? My secret wish is to be an English teacher.

I love good metaphors and I hate that they teach metaphors in school with such boring examples as "the clouds are pillows." They (you know who They are, don't you?) should use passages like the ones I collect. Like this one, from Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos. Teens would get it:

"The kiss started out the way she wanted--aggressive, muscular, businesslike; but he turned it into something else--a beach vacation, a Mediterranean cruise--and made it last much longer than she'd intended."

I like this one too, from A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut:

"Then I go outside and there is a mailbox. And I feed the pages [of my manuscript] to the giant blue bullfrog. And it says, "Ribbit." p61


The Trouble With Roy said...

Great examples!

alexis said...


Those kids must be in high school or something by now. Yikes!

ReadDanceBliss said...

Ha! Just saw a book in Borders today called "Never Metaphor I Didn't Like".
Sure, go ahead and steal my blogpost idea and publish it as a crappy book with an even lamer pun for a title than I used!

bookworm said...

not sure, but it might be your lucky day---you seem like a pretty savvy reader--i like your book wish list, and i LOVE that line you quoted from BROKEN FOR YOU. I'm Stephanie Kallos's editor and I'd be happy to send you a copy of her brand new novel SING THEM HOME, which I can promise you is chock full of metaphors and images and characters that will crawl under your skin and stay put. (and i mean this in a good way :)

Let me know if you'd like me to send it your way, otherwise, just add it to your wish list and get a copy when you can. It's a great read!

All best,
Lauren Wein
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.