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
Office of the Americas and Global Exchange
A house we rent in Umbria
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.