Reading around....

Alan Sepinwall, television critic for the Newark Star-Ledger, loves all the same TV shows I do (except he watches Veronica Mars, and I don't, yet), has a weblog, featuring play-by-play analysis of Survivor, Sopranos, and American Idol.

(Also, Idol fans should check out one of my favorite newspaper writers, Robin Givhan, dissecting the contestants' fashion choices. Finally, someone with the courage to take on the fake-hair-stuck-in-the-lipgloss dilemma. Now if only she'd address herself to the bangs-stuck-in-the-fake-lashes thing going on with Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model)

My sister Molly's high school friend Kelley is a breast cancer survivor who's fulfilling a lifelong dream by hiking the Appalachian Trail with her mother and her husband. Read all about it here.

How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater -- which I picked up at the Powells outpost in the Portland airport on my home from Salem a few weeks back -- is the funniest thing I've read in a while.

And this is, hands-down, the best letter to the editor the New York Times book review has ever published (it's the one headlined 'No Manhunt.')