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Date: February 20, 2000

"I sometimes fancy that various archetypal situations circled tirelessly in Hitchcock's mind, like whales in a tank at the zoo."

— Ebert, Roger (1942-2013)

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Date: 2001

"The mind is like a well-endowed museum, only a small fraction of its holdings on view at any one time, and this is true from hour to hour as well as from era to era."

— Richardson, James (b. 1950)

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Date: 2011

"Clean out my heart, you know? It's like a crowded old garage. It needs emptying and sorting."

— Nadzam, Bonnie

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Date: 2014

"You can't put the past behind you. It's buried in you; it's turned your flesh into its own cupboard. Not everything remembered is useful but it all comes from the world to be stored in you."

— Rankine, Claudia (b. 1963)

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Date: February 18, 2017

"So we're stuck in Trump's head with him. ... It's a very cluttered place to be, a fine-tuned machine spewing a torrent of chaos, cruelty, confusion, farce and transfixing craziness."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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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: April 18, 2018

"And indeed the tape--infamous and not proved to exist--has not just provided joke fodder for Twitter and talk-show hosts but has come to occupy a crawl space in our collective imagination, filled with bits and bobs plucked from a variety of sources: pulpy airport Russian-spy novels from the late...

— Fry, Naomi

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