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Date: July 31, 2017

"Character is like concrete: You can make an impression when it's freshly poured, in its youth, one could say, but when it sets, it's impervious to alteration."

— Blow, Charles (b. 1970)

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Date: May-June, 2017

"Memories continually change through repeated recollection, yet their tendency over time is to a reduction which mirrors that of photography--like a stack of snapshots repeatedly returned to. Such memories become archetypal crystallizations of identity--slides in the carousel of the mind."

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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Date: May-June, 2017

"A full recollection--say of a person--almost always involves some visual re-experiencing of expressions, gestures and bearing, some of which are held frozen in the mind."

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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Date: May-June, 2017

"Moreover, traumatic events are more likely to be mentally stilled: people who have undergone severe traumas may have flashbacks as isolated pictures, while they recall ordinary events in a narrative manner."

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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Date: May-June, 2017

"Describing the phenomena as 'flashbulb memories', Brown and Kulik found that episodic and source memory appeared tightly enmeshed, so that subjects vividly recalled not just the event, but where and how they came to know it. Such recollections also seemed to have a strong affinity with the still...

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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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: August 24, 2017

"Whatever we choose as option A, there is always a chorus, inside our own minds and outside of it, contending it would have been better if we had just gone with option B."

— Filipovic, Jill (b. 1983)

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Date: September 2017

"Then, as though a light bulb had clicked on in her brain, she continued: 'Look at feminism. It started as a fringe movement. Now it's mainstream, left and right.'"

— Seward Darby

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Date: August 26, 2017

"The soliloquy was fixed in the architecture of his brain, ready to serve in a moment of boredom or underground anxiety."

— Worthen, Molly (b. 1981)

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Date: September/October, 2017

"Is 'American ideas' one of those phrases, like 'how women are' or 'the will of the West to survive' that are to thinking as huffing gasoline is to breathing?"

— Purdy, Jedediah (b. 1974)

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