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Pushy questions for…

Al Franken, radio host, author, comedian and political commentator, goes head-to-head with conservative pundit Ann Coulter at the Gibson Amphitheatre Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Last book I bought:
I don’t buy books anymore; they just send me books.

Book I’m reading:
“The Good Fight” by Peter Bynert

Total number of books I own:
No idea. There’s some in storage, my apartment in NY, my house in NY. A few thousand?

Five books that mean a lot to me:
“A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam” by Neil Sheean
“Assasins’ Gate: America in Iraq” by George Packer
“What it Takes: The Way to the White House” by Richard Ben Cramer
“The Conscience of a Liberal” by Paul Wellstone
“Penrod” and “Penrod and Sam” by Newton Booth Tarkington

Last film I saw:
“Crash,” directed by Paul Haggis

Last DVD I bought:
“The Ice Harvest,” directed by Harold Ramis

Total number of films I own:
50

Five films that mean a lot to me:
“Dr. Strangelove,” directed by Stanley Kubrick
“Election,” directed by Alexander Payne
“About a Boy,” directed by Chris Weitz
“Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola
“Galaxy Quest,” directed by Dean Parisot
I think “Schindler’s List” is a bummer.

Stereo or iPod:
iPod

Last CD or song I bought:
For my show, the one about how difficult it is to be a pimp these days.

Song currently playing:
“Althea,” Grateful Dead

Five songs that mean a lot to me:
“Forever Young,” Bob Dylan
“Box of Rain,” Grateful Dead
“Traveling Again,” Dar Williams
“Ripple,” Grateful Dead
“Ode to Joy,” the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Favorite wine:
Grgich Hills Chardonnay

Favorite charity:
Congressional Hunger Center and Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Favorite vacation:
It doesn’t really matter so much. The main thing is to be with my friends and family. Hydra Island, Greece was the greatest place in terms of relaxation.

Favorite vice(s):
Overeating and sloth

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
You have to pick someone who’s going to be honest, that’s hard. Bill O’Reilly (the lies would be funny), Tom Brokaw, President Bush (I’d also like to see the lies, especially how many books he owns), Uwe Reinhardt, Tom Oliphant