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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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Date: September 11, 2017

"It was 'The Cantos of Ezra Pound' that showed Bidart what a poem could be: unlimited in scope, mind-blowing in its dance with the mind."

— Als, Hilton (b. 1960)

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Date: September 7, 2017

"Like one of Yayoi Kusama's 'Infinity Rooms,' my consciousness, and that of the women I knew, gained new dimensions."

— Adams, Carol J. (b. 1951)

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Date: October 137, 2017

"It is a premeditated catastrophe visited on people whom Paul Ryan believes in the darkness of his soul and in the shadows of his mind do not deserve the help of the government of which they are a part."

— Pierce, Charles P. (b. 1953)

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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: October 23, 2017

"Evans said that, after the incident, 'I just put it in a part of my brain and closed the door.'"

— Farrow, Ronan (b. 1987)

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Date: November 20, 2017

"[Alex] Jones's problem is not that his mind is closed. If anything, his mind is far too open."

— Marantz, Andrew

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