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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."