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Date: December 10, 2017

"Writing to Wilhelm Fleiss in 1896, Freud used the word Nachträglichkeit --'retranscription'--to describe the brain's action of calling up a memory and revising it in response to fresh circumstances."

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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Date: December 10, 2017

"As this can happen many times in a life, a memory might be described as having a kind of geological history, with different stratifications going back through time, 'representing the psychic achievement of successive epochs of life.'"

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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Date: December 10, 2017

"To fill oneself with the consciousness of others, and then to forget deeply enough, and long enough, that the collective world can be welded to what is unique and original to oneself--this is as precise and moving a definition of creativity as I have come across."

— Krauss, Nicole (b. August 18, 1974)

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Date: October 10, 2017

"The words are arbitrary but the thoughts are not. Their meaning is laid up in the vaults of the mind."

— Ground, Ian

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Date: January 12, 2018

"He also shared some thoughts about James Comey--if, by thoughts, you mean the products of the dying sparks of sputtering synapses."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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Date: 2018

"[A]ll the thoughts we produce are organized like clothes in a wardrobe, with trousers on one shelf, sweaters on another."

— Knausgaard, Karl Ove (b. 1968)

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Date: February, 2018

"They run constantly in the back of your mind and create more suspense when you ignore them than when you track every detail."

— Kirn, Walter (b. August 3, 1962)

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Date: April 11, 2018

"The perpetual fog that clouds his thinking has not lifted an inch; if anything, it is becoming ever more impenetrable."

— Boot, Max (b. 1969 )

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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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Date: April 18, 2018

"In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Comey painted a suggestive picture of his own psychic crawl space."

— Fry, Naomi

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