The following excerpt from Larry Grobel‘s “Al Pacino: Conversations with Lawrence Grobel” (Simon Spotlight Entertain- ment, $25.00) endeared me to the actor known as Al Pacino almost as much as his better performances: “His three-room apartment” — which Pacino was living in around 1979 — “consisted of a small kitchen with worn appliances, a bedroom dominated by an unmade bed, a bathroom with the toilet constantly running, and a living room that was furnished like a set for a way-off-Broad- way production about some down-and-out city dweller. I knew poor people who lived in more luxury than that.”