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Date: July 27, 2016

"But, gradually, I found myself caught up in the flow of the thing, gliding in my mind around every bend in the river, riding a raft with someone who knows where all the snags and sunken rocks of public life are."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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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: August 20, 2017

""Twin Peaks: The Return" works much differently, in that we occasionally get scenes or even entire hours that draw us far away from the straight, well-defined narrative path ... until we're floating around, dangerously unmoored, in David Lynch's subconscious."

— Murray, Noel

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Date: October 137, 2017

"But, because political campaigns occasionally can be wonderful bathyspheres to your soul’s dark abyss, we are learning that Moore’s is plenty deep and plenty dark."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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Date: November 17, 2017

"The only blessing is that, after hours of listening to Perel's anecdotes, your mind gets soupy and Perel herself, while reading, begins to sound so jaded and cold that you start to wonder if she's slightly perverted, which, at least momentarily, makes the listening more interesting."

— Weil, Elizabeth

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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: February 2, 2019

"Is this an O.K. time to let the kids play Fortnite until their brains melt into the back seat?"

— Pamela, Paul

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Date: February 21, 2019

"It was a place where she knew what was going to happen, a place where she would always choose the right side, where the failure was in history and not in herself, where she did not read the wrong writers, was not seized with surges of enthusiasm for the wrong leaders, did not eat the wrong anima...

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 25, 2019

"Because his brain is like a constantly running toilet, flushing unadulterated effluent through the Twitter pipes, like when he said "I built a lot of wall. I have a lot of money and I built a lot of wall," when not one inch, not one millimeter, of his new wall has been constructed; or his tweet:...

— Burke, Tom

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"Forgetfulness, dumbness, necessity! / In chains of the mind locked up, / Like fetters of ice shrinking together."

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