As with the last chain letter to drift through this site, which is strikingly similar, I'm supposed to answer five questions about books. OK:
1. The total number of books I own. I don't know. Many. You'd be better off asking me to count the shelves.
2. The last book I bought.Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson. I haven't finished it yet. So far it's a smart thriller.
3. The last book I read.Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls, by Lucy Corin. An excellent novel. I hope to post more about it later this week.
4. Five books that mean a lot to me. I appreciate the fact that I'm not being asked to pick the tomes that mean the most to me, or some other list of "top" books. Here's an assortment:
The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov.
A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick.
The Economy of Cities, by Jane Jacobs. I thought about picking her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, but this one isn't as well-known even though it's arguably as good. Consider this an advertisement.
The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien.
Ceremonial Chemistry, by Thomas Szasz.
5. Tag five people and have them do this on their blogs. That's a tall order, sir. I can do the tagging, but I don't have the power to compel.