45% done with Choking Victim

His coughing grew and solidified like a skyscraper seen from an approaching car? What the fuck? That’s the stupidest metaphor in the history of the written language. It makes almost no sense other than the coughing becomes clearer to hear? Maybe?

I feel like I’m getting stupider reading this. Is the New Yorker trying to kill me? Can I sue then for literary homicide?