Last book I bought:
“The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz
Book(s) I’m reading:
“Paranoia of Everyday Life” by Gerald Alper and “Cod” by Mark Kurlansky
Total number of books I own:
So many, we use stacks of them to support the collapsing Ikea furniture — it’s Van Nuys bohemia.
Five books that mean a lot to me:
“The Shame of the Nation” by Jonathan Kozol
“The Trials of Lenny Bruce” by Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover
“Pavilion of Women” by Pearl S. Buck
“Tales of a Female Nomad” by Rita Golden Gelman
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
Last film I saw:
“Benji” — ’70s family movies are comforting and the mother figures are so refreshingly middle-aged and fat!
Last DVD I bought:
All come magically in the mail. “Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater 30th Anniversary.”
Total number of films I own:
Basically one shelf of “for your consideration” (relish the faux feeling of power)
Five films that mean a lot to me:
“Amarcord,” directed by Federico Fellini
“The Sound of Music,” directed by Robert Wise
“The Lord of the Rings,” directed by Peter Jackson (Battle of Helm’s Deep always feels like a metaphor for my career)
“Pee-wee’s Playhouse” boxed sets
Where is the TV category? “The Kumars at No. 42”
Stereo or iPod:
Last CD or song I bought:
“Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Symphonies,” Richard Perlmutter, in bulk
Song currently playing:
“The Can-Can” for the girls; Richard Burton singing “Camelot” for me
Five songs (comedic monologues) that mean a lot to me:
“I Shot a Moose,” Woody Allen
“The Insomniac Soliloquy,” Shelley Berman
“Class Clown,” George Carlin
Sam Kinison’s Jesus-on-the-cross bit
Richard Pryor’s tale of lighting himself on fire
Life is too short — Modern Spirits vodka
Access Books. I also like Kipp Academy of Opportunity in South Los Angeles; just sent a check for two glockenspiels.
Vodka and spider solitaire
Shamelessly mocking the Christmas cards sent by friends, particularly if they are in the industry.
Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
This question feels very VH1 “Behind the Music.” Leona Helmsley, Ivana Trump, Cat Stevens (or whatever he is currently called), the remaining Vanilli and, for all seasons, Arnold. He once said he battled grueling hours in the makeup chair with footbaths, sugar cookies and his favorite Austrian Christmas music. Is it still playing?