Real men read. If you’re a bored student who’d rather sleep through class than crack open a hardcover or boot up an eBook, then you may not believe that, but it’s true. From time to time, we like to share books we’ve either read or heard about that will feed the mind without compromising your masculinity. These are those kind of books:
1. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Or, excuse us, A Song of Ice and Fire, for those who are in the know. We’ve never read it, but boy is it good! If you find yourself on the edges of the vortex that is a few of your co-workers incessantly chattering over this high fantasy masterpiece, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Even if you don’t read it, you’ll love it, and you’ll know everything about it. Plus, it’s on TV.
2. How Music Works by David Byrne
Former front man of The Talking Heads talks about his life and the various workings of music and its industry. Published by McSweeny’s, so it’s got to be good. Right? Right. Byrne aims to illustrate the musical lifestyle and mindset, not just the glamorized aspects of old school rock and roll. Intelligently written by an intelligent guy. Definitely worth your time.
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Spaceboy genius saves Universe and fights evil men in the shower. Written by an alleged homophobe, and soon to be released in film form. They say it’s deeply philosophical, but what it really is is every guy’s dream. Being a boy genius and saving the Universe while traveling through the depths of space. And fighting evil men in the shower.
4. Wolf Totem by Lu Jiamin
Apparently one of the most popular books in China, and authored by the Chinese version of America’s Lou Diamond Phillips. It’s about wolves and how poetic and beautiful they are, and how this all relates to Attila the Hun and Mongolia and the Chinese people. That’s really all you need to know. Anyone who’s claimed to have read it probably just skimmed it. Just agree with everything they say and nod. Or, ask what they thought about the part where the wolves construct a time machine and travel to Japan, and see what they do.
5. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Anton Chigurh. Bad dude. First two pages of the novel, first two kills. An amazing Coen Brothers film, but only because it’s an amazing book. Cormac McCarthy is routinely spoken of as the greatest living American novelist, and he’s also pretty much a bad dude as well, having fathered his first child at age 72. Furthermore, he just wrote his first screenplay, The Counselor, at age 80. His books make you feel manly, because they make it manly to read.