<b>Michael Tolkin</b>, author, whose latest book, ''The Return of the Player'' debuted at No. 8 on the L.A. Times bestseller list Sunday

Last book I bought:
“My Life Among the Deathworks,” Philip Rieff

Book I’m reading:
“My Life Among the Deathworks,” Philip Rieff

Total number of books I own:
1,000? 3,000?

Five books that mean a lot to me:
“Torpor,” Chris Kraus
“Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story,” Gary Indiana
“Minima Moralia,” Theodore Adorno
“My Mortal Enemy,” Willa Cather
“Edith’s Diary,” Patricia Highsmith

Last film I saw:
“A Clockwork Orange,” directed by Stanley Kubrick

Last DVD I bought:
An Asian horror film I can’t find right now

Total number of films I own:
I don’t know

Five films that mean a lot to me:
“La Dolce Vita,” directed by Federico Fellini
“Welcome to Dongmakgol,” directed by Kwang-Hyun Park. Korean entry for best foreign film in 2005, best film made in the world in the last few years.
“Mulholland Drive,” directed by David Lynch
“Two Tars,” directed by James Parrott
“Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” directed by Charles Barton

Last CD or song I bought:
“Down So Low,” Tracy Nelson

Song currently playing:
“Cliffs of Dover,” Eric Johnson

Five songs that mean a lot to me:
“Top Hat,” Fred Astaire
“I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Tina Turner
“Sing Me Back Home,” Merle Haggard
“Things We Said Today,” the Beatles
“Time After Time,” the Isley Brothers

Favorite wine:
Someone else’s

Favorite charity:
Private

Favorite vacation:
National Lampoon’s

Favorite vice:
Versa

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Elliott Abrams, Vladimir Putin, the Nagash of Barwal, Prince D.S. Mirsky, Prince N’paupah

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