To the Editor:
I very much enjoyed Allegra Goodman’s story, “The Art Biz” [September]. As a dermatologist, I especially appreciated the artful way Miss Goodman strewed cutaneous images through the story. She did a marvelous job of using the skin and its appendages in the metaphorical way people understand them.
The pores, for instance, stand not for little cul-de-sacs holding hair follicles and oil glands, but, rather, represent conduits between the inner milieu and the outer realm. Through them noxious badness may issue out (such as by massage), and both toxic badness or healing balm may seep in (as when soothing water passes through en route to bathe sore muscles it can only reach through the magic of metaphor).
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