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Date: June 18, 2018

"Her brain was in overdrive."

— Wang, Weike

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Date: July 9 & 16, 2018

"It's like they're only searching their mind database for women."

— Moshfegh, Ottessa (b. May 20, 1981)

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Date: July 9 & 16, 2018

"I was really determined: like this is a poison in my mind--lust--and seeing people as 'What could that person be to me?'"

— Moshfegh, Ottessa (b. May 20, 1981)

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Date: February 2, 2019

"Is this an O.K. time to let the kids play Fortnite until their brains melt into the back seat?"

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 2, 2019

"My mind had no choice but to drift into an elaborate fantasy realm."

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 2, 2019

"You let your mind wander and follow it where it goes."

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 9, 2019

"It should be noted that this problem of split-screen consciousness is likely to get worse in the era of divided government, not better."

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"Even if our government were a paradigm of functionality, we’d surely be fighting for custody of our brains."

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"Many evolutionary biologists are fond of pointing out that the human body is not adapted to modern life, which often involves sitting for hours at a time and toiling in artificial light and consuming mounds of processed sugar ('There's no food in your food,' as the Joan Cusack character says in ...

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 9, 2019

"When the world's coming at you in great clouds of 280-character Frisbees, naturally it's tempting to vanish into the forest dark of your own mind."

— Senior, Jennifer

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