Too much sadness, need some gladness. Thanks to Brack, I am reading Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Country, which is about Australia. I generally don't get all that excited about Bryson's column compilations, but his journey books are pretty funny. His book on hiking the Appalachian Trail, A Walk in Woods, was interesting enough that I briefly considered (and quickly rejected) the notion of hiking the trail myself. This one has all the Australian stuff that is so fascinating like limitless desert, super deadly creatures, and the amusing Australians themselves. Great diversionary reading.