Variables 15.5 Read, Dude

Reading isn’t as popular as it once was for a number of reasons-not long ago, there was no Tony Hawk Pro Skater, no TRL, and no filthy Internet. Unfortunately, most required school reading is on par with physics homework-it just sucks. But if you ever tire of burning eyes from too much TV time or cramped thumbs from a PlayStation overdose, try something bold-read a book. Okay-relax, yeah, I said it. What follows are books, stories, and poems that, in my dubious opinion, are way more interesting than spacing-out to video games, watching Will And Grace, or mining the Internet for nude shots of Venus Williams. Knock the dust off your brain and check out some of these:

Samuel Beckett Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, Waiting For Godot

Venedikt Erofeev Moscow To The End Of The Line

Breece D’J Pancake The Stories Of Breece D’J Pancake

Henry Miller Tropic Of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn

Ernest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises, A Moveable Feast, Snows Of Kilimanjaro And Other Stories, The Old Man And The Sea

Albert Camus The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall

Kurt Vonnegut Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five

Irvine Welsh Glue, Trainspotting, Filth

Pinckney Benedict The Dogs of God

Jack Kerouac On The Road

Viktor Pelevin The Life Of Insects, A Werewolf Problem In Central Russia And Other Stories, Moscow Dynamo

Vladimir Gogol Diary of a Madman, Dead Souls

Hunter S. Thompson Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From A Strange Time

James Joyce Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man,

Charles Bukowski Ham on Rye, Women, Ask The Dust

John Paul Sartre No Exit, Nausea

Fyodor Dostoevsky Notes From Underground, The Brothers Karamazov, The Double

Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis

Arthur Rimbaud A Season in Hell, Complete Works

Duncan McLean Bucket Of Tongues, Bunker Man

Eugene O’Neill Long Days Journey Into Night

Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange

Sherwood Anderson Winesburg, Ohio

Anton Chekov The Huntsman, A Boring Story

Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian

Joseph Conrad Heart Of Darkness

Jerzy Kozinski The Painted Bird

Edgar Allan Poe Complete Stories And Poems

John Steinbeck The Grapes Of Wrath

Walt Whitman Leaves Of Grass