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Date: August, 21, 2015

"But this summer, 'The New Yorker' published a piece that wrapped old news in new terror. And what had been buried in the recesses of Northwestern minds suddenly flared."

— Egan, Timothy (b. 1954)

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Date: August 28, 2015

"He [Donald Trump] exults in materialistic excess with an empty sack of a soul."

— Egan, Timothy (b. 1954)

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Date: November 28, 2015

"It's as if our brain has become a full cup of water and anything more poured into it starts to spill out."

— Schwartz, Tony

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Date: December 30, 2015

"All those rooms were gathered in my own brain, which looked exactly like Hasanaj’s, a wet, gleaming, walnutlike lump, composed of 100 billion brain cells so tiny and so myriad they could only be compared to the stars of a galaxy."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: December 30, 2015

"The sight of the mountains behind the city, so green and haughty, lifted my spirits, and the sight of the brain, its physiological aspect -- the ragged edges of skull within which it had pulsated, the streaming red blood -- was also pleasant to think about, for the bright colors within connected...

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: February 1, 2016

"Which is to say that a novel is perishable only by virtue of being stored in such a leaky cask: our heads."

— Bissell, Tom (b. 1974)

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Date: September 12, 2016

"Her images tend to thwart the mind--which keeps rusty handles and voices in separate boxes--in a direct appeal to the senses."

— Chiasson, Dan

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Date: June 30, 2017

"Other details, like the color of your childhood bedroom, have been tucked into deep storage and are much harder -- if not impossible -- to retrieve."

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: June 30, 2017

"Or consider living with an unending library of easily recalled memories. It would be overwhelming: Dates, names, phone numbers -- they would all be constantly top of mind."

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: October 23, 2017

"Evans said that, after the incident, 'I just put it in a part of my brain and closed the door.'"

— Farrow, Ronan (b. 1987)

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