"I think fear is itself a kind of subconscious form of storytelling ... it has the same architecture, a beginning, a middle and an end, and the end is bad." — Karen Thompson Walker James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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David Koch is one-half of politically and economically powerful duo known as the Koch brothers. He and his brother, Charles, are tied in sixth place on the list of the wealthiest men on the planet. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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Edward St. Aubyn's 2006 novel Mother's Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Timothy Allen/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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