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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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Date: November 20, 2017

"[Alex] Jones's problem is not that his mind is closed. If anything, his mind is far too open."

— Marantz, Andrew

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Date: November 20, 2017

"The mainstream-media 'puppet masters,' he said, want to 'smuggle their dangerous ideas across the open borders of your mind. I want to shut down those borders. I want to close your mind.'"

— Marantz, Andrew

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Date: October 10, 2017

"The words are arbitrary but the thoughts are not. Their meaning is laid up in the vaults of the mind."

— Ground, Ian

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Date: 2018

"[A]ll the thoughts we produce are organized like clothes in a wardrobe, with trousers on one shelf, sweaters on another."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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