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Date: July 29, 2016

"In other ways, the speech was an x-ray of Clinton’s soul that gave the public a rare, if distorted, glimpse beneath her shell."

— Fournier, Ron (b. 1963)

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Date: August 14, 2016

"Many Americans' only metaphysical experience in this life will have been seeing, with the mind's eye, Hugh Hewitt wincing through the radio."

— Williamson, Kevin D. (b. September 18, 1972)

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Date: April 27, 2016

"But you don't have to have your leg in a bear trap every minute to seriously consider, during the latest entrapment, that maybe just cutting your legs off would be the way to go. In the case of BPD, the offending leg is called 'consciousness'."

— Mishell Baker (b. 2009)

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Date: January, 2017

"They bleed -- if not from vaginas then from their sensitive souls."

— Kipnis, Laura (b. July 19, 1956)

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Date: May 4, 2018

"In this labyrinth, Nietzsche detected the handwriting of envy everywhere, observing, 'Envy and jealousy are the private parts of the human soul.'"

— Marino, Gordon

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Date: February 9, 2019

"Many evolutionary biologists are fond of pointing out that the human body is not adapted to modern life, which often involves sitting for hours at a time and toiling in artificial light and consuming mounds of processed sugar ('There's no food in your food,' as the Joan Cusack character says in ...

— Senior, Jennifer

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Date: February 21, 2019

"I cared about the feeling that my thoughts were being dictated. I cared about the collective head, which seemed to be running a fever. But if we managed to escape, to break out of the great skull and into the fresh air, if Twitter was shut down for crimes against humanity, what would we be losing?"

— Lockwood, Patricia

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Date: February 24, 2019

"If I watched long enough, I felt lightly hypnotized, as if one of those disembodied hands had reached in and massaged my brain."

— Matchar, Emily (b. 1982)

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Date: February 24, 2019

"It was 2016 when I discovered Oddly Satisfying, and I needed a little brain massage."

— Matchar, Emily (b. 1982)

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Date: August 19, 2019

"The reputation of the once exalted, still unshakably canonical, Impressionist has fallen on difficult days. Never mind the affront to latter-day educated tastes of a painting style so sugary that it imperils your mind's incisors; there's a more burning issue."

— Schjedahl, Peter (b. March 20, 1942)

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