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Date: 2018

"As that word left a greasy trail through his skull, he saw her."

— Hermione Hoby

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Date: 2018

"His mind was a synthetic sky: blue, blank, cloudless."

— Hermione Hoby

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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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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 12, 2018

"Our brains are so scrambled that it's starting to make sense that none of it makes sense."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: July 9 & 16, 2018

"I was really determined: like this is a poison in my mind--lust--and seeing people as 'What could that person be to me?'"

— Moshfegh, Ottessa (b. May 20, 1981)

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Date: January 26, 2019

"His mind is not what it was, and at its peak it was more of a Magic 8 Ball than a supercomputer."

— Roth, David

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Date: January 26, 2019

"It's because he's literally fucking being investigated for his relationship with Russia and because he very much wants people to think he's not, and because that's honestly the best he can do because his brain is an old donut bobbing around in a toilet."

— Roth, David

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Date: February 21, 2019

"A few years ago, when it suddenly occurred to us that the internet was a place we could never leave, I began to keep a diary of what it felt like to be there in the days of its snowy white disintegration, which felt also like the disintegration of my own mind."

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 21, 2019

"I cared about the feeling that my thoughts were being dictated. I cared about the collective head, which seemed to be running a fever. But if we managed to escape, to break out of the great skull and into the fresh air, if Twitter was shut down for crimes against humanity, what would we be losing?"

— Lockwood, Patricia

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