16 May 2010

Mad With Wine

Earlier this afternoon I was flipping through the book ...As One Mad With Wine And Other Similes by Elyse and Mike Sommer. Anyone who loves the swift and unexpected jolt of a clever comparison (literary, colloquial, humorous) will easily find a few minutes, even on a busy day, to sit back and sift through this collection of more than 8,000 similes. I first heard about Mad With Wine when I was studying Joe Vitale's book Hypnotic Writing.

...As One Mad With Wine is organized alphabetically by theme and includes numerous cross-references, editorial comments and author attribution.  Not all of the entries evoke a sense of wonder at the authors' dexterity with words (crushed like an empty beer can), but taken as a whole, this compilation can inspire anyone striving to add color, texture and that unpredictable twist to their communication.

I got a kick out of these ones:
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"A bikini is like a barbed-wire fence. It protects the property without obstructing the view."  - Joey Adams

"October had come in like a lamb chop, breaded in golden crumbs and gently sautéed in a splash of blue oil.  - Tom Robbins"

(Anything of a sexual sort seemed) as remote as landing on the moon or applying for French citizenship."  - Kingsley Amis

"To be raised in Philadelphia is like being born with a big nose ... you never get over it."  - Anonymous

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