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Thanks for those insights and tips. As for "let food be thy medicine" I think it's possible to "let fiction be thy medicine." The trick would be to find the right fiction. What is the news but an interface into other people's stories at a time of relevance or interest to the wider community?

Incidentally, my great-great grandfather was an author whereby "he uses the novel as a forum for discussing the nature of Polish anti-Semitism, for defending his fellows against charges of usury and lack of interest in Polish national life. He does this by throwing the characters, both Polish and Jewish, into difficult and sometimes fantastic situations." http://goo.gl/JFBN2

So I suppose what I seek is functional fiction. Maybe I'll have to resort to writing my own fiction if I don't find anything worthwhile. Haha.

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