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Date: March 18, 2017

"So many secrets, so many plots, so many shards of gossip swirl in his head, there seems to be no room for reality."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: July 28, 2017

"Scaramucci is the personification of Trump's deep brain."

— Parker, Kathleen

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Date: August 24, 2017

"Whatever we choose as option A, there is always a chorus, inside our own minds and outside of it, contending it would have been better if we had just gone with option B."

— Filipovic, Jill (b. 1983)

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Date: September 7, 2017

"Like one of Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Rooms,' my consciousness, and that of the women I knew, gained new dimensions."

— Adams, Carol J. (b. 1951)

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Date: December 10, 2017

"Writing to Wilhelm Fleiss in 1896, Freud used the word Nachträglichkeit --'retranscription'--to describe the brain's action of calling up a memory and revising it in response to fresh circumstances."

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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Date: December 10, 2017

"As this can happen many times in a life, a memory might be described as having a kind of geological history, with different stratifications going back through time, 'representing the psychic achievement of successive epochs of life.'"

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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Date: December 10, 2017

"To fill oneself with the consciousness of others, and then to forget deeply enough, and long enough, that the collective world can be welded to what is unique and original to oneself--this is as precise and moving a definition of creativity as I have come across."

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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Date: 2017

Can I let go, and let your memory dance / In the ballroom of my mind, / Across the county line?"

— Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Woolridge Grant] (b. June 21, 1985)

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Date: 2017

"And my brain is like an orchestra / Playing on, insane"

— Lenker, Adrianne

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Date: 2017

"And my heart is playing hide and seek / Wait and count to four."

— Lenker, Adrianne

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