People are Mirrors
Here is a great piece of dialogue from Kirsten Kaschock’s Sleight, one of the most creative books I’ve ever read.
Even when Marvel started going terribly wrong–soon after Gil’s death–she would only say, “Your brother is not of the usual stuff, Byrne. He can’t be held up to the usual mirrors.” And when Byrne asked, “Mom, what other mirrors are there?” she’d answered, “Oh–glass at night, and tinfoil. And some people are. They’re walking knives–you can see yourself in them, but you’re cut up.”