Books: Chuck Klosterman

1. "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. The perfect book. It takes complex ideas and makes them entertaining and lucid and childlike.

2. "All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers" by Larry McMurtry. A novel that made me think, "Yes, this is what the process of writing feels like."

3. "Black Boy" by Richard Wright. I grew up in a town with no black people whatsoever, so it really blew my mind in eighth grade.

4. "The Trial" by Franz Kafka. It expanded my definition of what a book had the potential to be.

5. "A Season on the Brink" by John Feinstein. The book that made me want to write about sports.

A classic book that, upon revisiting, disappointed: I don't often read books twice. There are too many I haven't read once.

A book you would have parents read to their children: "Gravity's Rainbow." I don't really understand children.