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Tunes for the post-reviewer blues

Whether you are reading a review of a grant application or that infamous "reviewer #3's" response to your manuscript, rejection can be tough to handle.  Listening to music may be able to help you cope with this stressful event <see research on this phenomenon here>, perhaps enough to get you past this submission cycle with enough cojones for the next.  Here are some suggestions, take 'em or leave 'em:

Phase 1: Denial and depression - no way, it can't be

 "Better Man" by Pearl Jam.
Can't find a better man. You're stuck in this.

 "Black" by Pearl Jam.
Just so obviously appropriate.  Although maybe love song for NIH/NSF. "Yeah.  I know someday you'll have a beautiful life . I know you'll be a star. In somebody else's sky. But why. Why. Why can't it be. Why can't it be mine."  Why can't that $$ be mine...


"Mr. Self Destruct" by Nine Inch Nails
I bring you the 90's Trent Reznor, sigh,…