Pushy questions for…

Paul Haggis, writer-director-producer, up for best screenplay for "Crash" at Monday's Golden Globe Awards

A correction was made to this article on Jan. 13, 2006.

Last book I bought:
“Who Killed Sal Mineo” by Susan Braudy, published in 1982, from a favorite used-book store

Book I’m reading:
“Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell and “War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning” by Chris Hedges — always seem to read two at once

Total number of books I own:
I have 52 shelves in my library and study, that’s as close as I can get.

Five books that mean a lot to me:
Oh God, don’t ask me that, I have absolutely no memory. First that come to mind:
“The Other Side of the River” by Alex Kotlowitz
“The Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition” by Ed Regis
“An American Story” by Debra Dickerson
“One Time: The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer,” a self-published book by Brian S. Bentley and Stephanie L. Carter
“Adventures in the Screen Trade” by William Goldman

Last film I saw:Brokeback Mountain

Last DVD I bought:
“Salt of the Earth”

Total number of films I own:

Five films that mean a lot to me:
“Z,” directed by Costa-Gravas
“Breathless,” directed by Jean-Luc Godard
“Dog Day Afternoon,” directed by Sidney Lumet
“The Conversation,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola
“Strangers on a Train,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Stereo or iPod:

Last CD or song I bought:
Miles Davis’ “Milestones”

Song currently playing:
Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion (Lies)” from “Funeral”

Five songs that mean a lot to me:
If I try to answer this question, I will get lost in my CD collection and never get back to writing.

Favorite bottle of wine:
Husic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorte charity:
Office of the Americas and Global Exchange

Favorite vacation:
A house we rent in Umbria

Favorite vice:
Oh please, I’m going to tell you?

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Anyone trying to avoid writing for half an hour … which is almost every writer I know.

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