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Date: May 4, 2018

"But if I can identify the lizard of envy crawling around in my psyche, I can usually tamp down the ire."

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: May 4, 2018

"Recognizing the envy when my sixtysomething friend boasted that he had recently completed a marathon, I was able to restrain myself from giving rope to the indignant thought, 'Instead of running miles every day, why don't you spend some time tutoring disadvantaged kids!'"

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: May 14, 2018

"On top, you have your brain -- just like the body, the brain's on top. It's neurotic, it's weird, it's malfunctioning. It's like a broken computer."

— Malkmus, Stephen (b. 1966)

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Date: May 21, 2018

"There is some level of self-scrutiny too merciless for most of us, some inner corridor too dark."

— Sartwell, Crispin (b. 1958)

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Date: June 4 and 11, 2018

"'His brain works at the speed of a hummingbird,' Kasky said."

— Kasky, Cameron (b. 2000)

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Date: June 16, 2018

"Throughout that summer and into the fall, floating in a pool of cheap beer, just below the surface of my semiconsciousness, was the constant thought: Maybe I won't wake up this time."

— Powers, Kevin (b. 1980)

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Date: September 5, 2018

"Chief among this novel’s pleasures is viewing the nation -- its landscapes, its people, its curdled politics, its increasingly feudal inequalities -- through the vibrant filters of Gary Shteyngart’s Hipstamatic mind."

— Miles, Jonathan

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Date: Dec. 15, 2018

"They found that the most disrupted genes were those for growth factors, proteins that act like a kind of brain fertilizer"

— Friedman, Richard A.

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Date: Dec. 15, 2018

"'And that is in fact devastating because brain remodeling is something we need to do all the time — we are constantly rewiring our brains based on past experience and the expectation of how we need to use them in the future,' Dr. Akil said."

— Friedman, Richard A.

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Date: January 8, 2019

"When they discover the anti-Semitism of Wharton or Dostoyevsky, the racism of Walt Whitman or Joseph Conrad, the sexism of Ernest Hemingway or Richard Wright, the class snobbery of E. M. Forster or Virginia Woolf, not all of them express their repugnance as dramatically as the student I talked t...

— Morton, Brian (b. July 8, 1955)

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