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Date: July 26, 2017

"But he is nonetheless clearly impaired, gravely deficient somewhere at the intersection of reason and judgment and conscience and self-control."

— Douthat, Ross (b. November 28, 1979)

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Date: July 27, 2017

"'My emotions are like a Ping-Pong ball being bounced back and forth between the players,' said Mrs. Borland, who, with her husband, owns a karate school in Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and whose younger daughter, Amelia, 2, is receiving chemotherapy for leukemia."

— Hoffman, Jan

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Date: July 28, 2017

"Scaramucci is the personification of Trump's deep brain."

— Parker, Kathleen

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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 17, 2017

"Y'know, you have an idea. It's like when you read a thing and then an image pops into your head, or however that happens. You're seeing a picture in your brain like on TV."

— Murray, Noel

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