sad raves (robyn, kaskade), songs about what it's like when you're a teenager and someone breaks your heart but u r stronger for it. the king fantastic.
robert caro, john jeremiah sullivan, my idea of fun/the butt/other will self, scoop, any sebald, istanbul (pamuk), amis (kingsley), this side of brightness
also, i read a lot of advice columns, a lot. help you know how to act in situations.
during a dark time long ago, used to write a celebrity gossip blog. that was my job, to do that.