The figurative language of Frank Bruni

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I like to share interesting pieces of figurative language I encounter in my reading. I write today about a series of similes and metaphors from New York Times columnist Frank Bruni…

I had resolved not to write another word about Donald Trump but New York Times columnist Frank Bruni (pictured above) has written such a screamingly funny, metaphor- and simile-filled piece that I can’t resist using it as my weekly paean to figurative writing.

As well, I liked that he made a jab at Clinton as well, and I especially liked his own self-deprecating comments.

Read the whole piece, headlined  The Citrusy Mystery of Trump’s Hair and published July 16/16 or simple check out the highlights, below…

The evolution of Trump’s coiffure over the decades has been widely noted and thoroughly documented. He has parted his hair on one side and then the other. He has combed it forward, swept it backward, swirled it like frozen yogurt, aerated it like cotton candy. In a brisk wind, it has been a pair of gossamer wings. During a tense debate, it has been a gargantuan sponge….

From the early 1990s onward, Hillary Clinton confronted near constant commentary on her hair (along with her clothes), which was regarded as some window into her soul or mirror of her soulnessness….

The news media harangued John Edwards for his $400 cuts, which now look quaint in the context of the $10,000-a-month hair maintenance bills that François Hollande, the French president, reportedly racked up.

I ask this sympathetically, as a man whose own hair will soon be a memory: What exactly is Hollande maintaining? He somehow ended up paying Rapunzel prices in a Romaine situation…