HOT READ: "Assassination Vacation" by radio essayist Sarah Vowell, darkly comic and fascinating miscellany about presidential assassinations.
HOT BAND NAME: The Foxymorons. The Southwestern duo combines the catchiness of Wilco with the sweetness of the Lemonheads.
HOT SCARY CONSERVATIVE: Ann Coulter might be even more polarizing than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
HOT DIVA: 19-year-old Brooke Valentine is hip-hop's new sweetheart with "Chain Letter."