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Date: March, 2014

"Memory, / a jar of flies. Spin off the lid."

— Seibles, Tim (b. 1955)

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Date: June 18, 2015

"This was not an unthinkable act. A man may have had a rat's nest for a mind, but it was well thought out. It was a cool, considered crime, as well planned as any bank robbery or any computer fraud."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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Date: 2015

"His thoughts on his back porch surrounded him like a carpet of mice, immobilizing him via his unwillingness to cause them pain. The mice of introspection were as effective as any buffalo herd."

— Zink, Nell (b. 1964)

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Date: April 26, 2016

"It is by this dimension of imaginative relativity that Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Earthsea, Dickens's London, Hemingway's Paris, Didion's anxious California and the mind of Helen Oyeyemi, reclining like a sphinx between her pages in quiet and glittering sleep, all fit inside my tiny apartment, and ...

— Brennan, Summer

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Date: 2016

"You were one of them, / weren't you, with death / itching in the brain like a cloud of midges?"

— Guest, Paul

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Date: September 18, 2016

"Deep in the night, those warnings scuttle around my mind like rats."

— Kennedy, Pagan (b. 1963)

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Date: September 18, 2016

"In the red glare of the digital clock, my brain rattled its cage."

— Kennedy, Pagan (b. 1963)

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Date: January 17, 2017

"The new mind, which the body floods with adrenaline, begins -- like a rabbit in a forest of foxes -- to decode all the signals, even if it's not capable of fitting them into any narrative."

— Hemon, Aleksandr (b. 1964)

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Date: May 15, 2017

"We've got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar."

— Brooks, David (b. 1961)

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Date: April 28, 2018

"Some magazine stories are fishhooks; they work their way into your mind and don't come out."

— Douthat, Ross (b. November 28, 1979)

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