Michael Chabon is known for his fondness for metaphors. So, it’s unsurprising that Grandpa advises the fictional Mike:
“Explain everything. Make it mean something. Use a lot of those fancy metaphors of yours. … Start with the night I was born. There was a lunar eclipse that night. … Very significant. I’m sure it’s a perfect metaphor for something.”
“Kind of trite,” I [Mike] said.
Despite Chabon’s self-deprecating humor, the astronomical metaphor is anything but trite.
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