"Gopnik's writing about art in the New Yorker in the 1990s had an almost emetic effect on the boyfriend I was living with at the time."According to the OED:
emetic, a. & n.
- Having power to produce vomiting. Also fig. sickening, mawkish.
- A medicine that excites vomiting.
And, you'll be happy to know, I'm making no mention of Adam Gopnik for at least two weeks. The effect would be, well, grody.
(Alf, please skip.)