Pushy questions for…

<b>T. C. Boyle</b>, author, whose latest novel, "Talk Talk," arrives in bookstores Thursday

Last book I bought:
“Pale Fire,” Vladimir Nabokov

Book I’m reading:
“Lolita,” Vladimir Nabokov (Yes, I’m on a Nabokov kick right now, God help me.)

Total number of books I own:
Circa 600 million

Five books that mean a lot to me:
“The Stories of John Cheever,” John Cheever
“Coming into the Country,” John McPhee
“Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” Annie Dillard
“Remains of the Day,” Kazuo Ishiguro
“White Noise,” Don DeLillo

Last film I saw:
“The Godfather,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola (Last night, on DVD, my 300th time; my son had NEVER seen it.)

Last DVD I bought:
“Smooth Talk,” directed by Joyce Chopra (On sale, amazingly, in the supermarket, on a rack that had never existed before and hasn’t existed since.)

Total number of films I own:
Circa 50 (Rent rather than own, primarily, but full-possessed films come in handy up in the mountains on those lonely, cold winter nights.)

Five films that mean a lot to me:
“The Big Lebowski,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
“Virgin Spring,” directed by Ingmar Bergman
“Unforgiven,” directed by Clint Eastwood
“Rashomon,” directed by Akira Kurosawa
“The Seven Beauties,” directed by Lina Wertmuller

Stereo or iPod:
Stereo

Last CD or song I bought:
“Frances the Mute,” The Mars Volta

Song currently playing:
“Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets),” Neil Young

Five songs that mean a lot to me:
“Aisha,” John Coltrane
“Paranoid Android,” Radiohead
“String Quartet #2 in D,” Alexander Porfir’yevich Borodin
“I’m a Man,” Muddy Waters
“Alice,” Tom Waits

Favorite wine:
Byron Chardonnay

Favorite charity:
Save the Artichokes

Favorite vacation:
Work

Favorite vice:
Sleep

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Attila the Hun, Lao Tse, Johnny Weissmuller, Mickey Rourke, Princess Di

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