John Darnielle writes literary lyrics for the Mountain Goats, often telling stories about fictional characters or stories from his life. His new book, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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"In that instant I realized how much energy it takes to hold that hatred inside of you" — Zak Ebrahim James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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"It's one of those moments in your life where you're so conscious about what you're about to do, and what you're about to do will change your life." --€” Geena Rocero James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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John Darnielle's first novel, Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, was about a teenage boy in a psychiatric institution who is obsessed with heavy metal. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Smoking has declined by about 4 percent annually in Uruguay since the country required graphic warnings on cigarette packages. Matilde Campodonico/AP hide caption

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A screengrab shows YouTube user DisneyCollector opening an egg surprise toy on one of her many videos. DisneyCollector's channel has more than 2 million subscribers. DisneyCollector/YouTube hide caption

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A first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was displayed at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair in 2013. Book critic Maureen Corrigan — who calls the cover "striking" — says she likes to think that if it landed on her porch today among the more than 200 books she receives a week, she would read it. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya is one of the women featured on Jason Porath's blog Rejected Princesses. Oktyabrskaya was the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award. Jason Porath hide caption

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Dana Goldstein has reported on education for several years, including in The Atlantic and The Daily Beast. Her new book is The Teacher Wars. Michael Lionstar/Courtesy of Doubleday hide caption

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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger celebrates his 90th birthday, last year in Berlin. In a recent interview with Scott Simon, he gave his thoughts on ISIS, Ukraine and Iran. Gero Breloer/AP hide caption

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Sekou Siby worked at Windows on The World in the World Trade Center. He recorded a remembrance of his friend and colleague, Moises Rivas, who died in the twin towers, for StoryCorps and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. StoryCorps hide caption

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