Reading The Pillars of Creation, by Terry Goodkind, while walking down Market Street, on a quiet Friday afternoon before the throngs of St. Patty's Day drinkers hit San Francisco. When I asked him what's so great about it that he can't put it down he said, Oh? I always read while I'm walking. When I asked him if he ever fell in man holes, etc., he said his friends wonder the same thing but, remarkably, nothing has ever happened. He usually alternates between fantasy and quasi-intellectual books.

The Pillars of Creation is part of a fantasy series, and it's actually the second time he's read it. The author has just come out with the next one and he's refreshing his memory before he launches into the new one.

The last thing he read--Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (this makes me want to co-author with a Sonja or a Sonia.)

Favorite book? Doesn't have one, though the most well-written book he's read, that he usually recommends to people is One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.