AIDS victim Rock Hudson is in "a fabulous frame of mind" and has a healthy appearance but complains about hospital food, his publicist, Dale Olson, said Thursday. "He's reading and doing crossword puzzles. He jokes, is receiving visitors. He looks vital." A hospital spokeswoman said Hudson remains in fair and stable condition . . .

Abigail McCarthy, separated from husband Eugene McCarthy, former senator and presidential candidate, has teamed up with Jane Muskie, wife of Edmund Muskie, former senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, to write a political thriller titled "One Woman Lost." The book, due out next spring, deals with government corruption and the scrutiny directed at political wives . . .

Wedding bells will chime today for Rep. Charles Pashayan Jr. The California congressman will marry Sallie Christian at Holy Trinity church in Georgetown, followed by a reception at the Metropolitan Club . . .

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Washingtonian magazine has designed a poster featuring some of its past covers. Included is a picture of one cover that never appeared: Nancy Reagan's face superimposed over another woman's body in a pose reminiscent of the movie "The Seven Year Itch." The cover never made it into print, according to a spokesman for the magazine, because "we decided that Nancy Reagan was not Marilyn Monroe" . . .

-- Lisa Serene Gelb