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Date: 2015

"'Sorry to disappoint you, but me,' Byrdie said, raising his hand. 'I think I have whiplash of the brain.'"

— Zink, Nell (b. 1964)

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Date: 2015

"'Yes, our brains are like Swiss cheese,' he added, sort of undermining his compliment after the fact."

— Zink, Nell (b. 1964)

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Date: July 1, 2015

"Poetry was an attempt to dig into the buried stuff inside a person’s psyche."

— Zhang, Jenny

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Date: 2015 [debuted June 27, 2014, released as a single in February 19, 2015]

"And all those things I didn't say / Wrecking balls inside my brain."

— Platten, Rachel (b. 1981)

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Date: April 26, 2016

"It is by this dimension of imaginative relativity that Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Earthsea, Dickens's London, Hemingway's Paris, Didion's anxious California and the mind of Helen Oyeyemi, reclining like a sphinx between her pages in quiet and glittering sleep, all fit inside my tiny apartment, and ...

— Brennan, Summer

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Date: March 31, 2016

"My mind is cloudy on these points."

— Castle, Terry (b. 1953)

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Date: June 5, 2016

"They [brain and heart] talk like best friends via the common carotid artery, which sends blood from the heart to the brain at a running speed of three feet per second."

— Hill, Melissa

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Date: June 5, 2016

"Professor Sunstein's talk turned out to be a success, and his wife was on board when he decided to give book-length treatment to the ideas rattling around in his brain."

— Rosman, Katherine

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Date: July 26, 2016

"But it is true that she told none of these types of personal anecdotes that help people watching at home form impressions from mental clay."

— Haberman, Maggie (b. 1973)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"'Ayahuasca takes you to the swampland of your soul,' my friend Tony, a photographer in his late fifties, told me."

— Levy, Ariel (b. 1974)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.