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Date: 2000

"Why was the copula between the brain and the mind plunged in an obligatory darkness?"

— Edward St. Aubyn (b. 1960)

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Date: 2001

"And the sweet fragrance wafting up from the walled garden, the waxing moon already in the sky above the rooftops, the sound of church bells ringing down in the city, and the yellow fa├žade of the tailor's house with its green balcony where Moravec, who as Vera told me had died long ago, frequentl...

— Sebald, W. G. (1944-2001)

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Date: 2005

"Sometimes I'd be hooked out, plucked and hauled right up into the daylight where I'd find Trevellian shining his torch into me, its shaft falling across my mind's patterned surfaces but managing to occupy them only briefly before it retreated and the inner darkness massed again."

— McCarthy, Tom (b. 1969)

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Date: 2006

"She was there, in Weber's strobing mind, when he stepped into the jetway at La-Guardia, and gone when he found himself, that same afternoon, dead center in the evacuated prairie, with no transition but a jump cut."

— Powers, Richard (b. 1957)

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Date: 2009, trans. 2012

"Everything I saw, faces, bodies ambling through the cabin, stowing their baggage here, sitting down, stowing their baggage there, sitting down, was followed by a reflective shadow that could not desist from telling me that I was seeing this now while aware that I was seeing this, and so on ad ab...

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: 2015

"A flash of intellection hit Karen."

— Zink, Nell (b. 1964)

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