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Date: November 20, 2017

"The mainstream-media 'puppet masters,' he said, want to 'smuggle their dangerous ideas across the open borders of your mind. I want to shut down those borders. I want to close your mind.'"

— Marantz, Andrew

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Date: November 17, 2017

"The only blessing is that, after hours of listening to Perel's anecdotes, your mind gets soupy and Perel herself, while reading, begins to sound so jaded and cold that you start to wonder if she's slightly perverted, which, at least momentarily, makes the listening more interesting."

— Weil, Elizabeth

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Date: December 4, 2017

"Dreams can be potent sources of signs and symbols, but just as often they're detritus from the landfills of our minds."

— Pitzer, Andrea

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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: 2017

Can I let go, and let your memory dance / In the ballroom of my mind, / Across the county line?"

— Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Woolridge Grant] (b. June 21, 1985)

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Date: 2017

"And my brain is like an orchestra / Playing on, insane"

— Lenker, Adrianne

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Date: 2017

"And my heart is playing hide and seek / Wait and count to four."

— Lenker, Adrianne

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Date: 2017

"Your hands were making artifacts in the corner of my mind."

— Lenker, Adrianne

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