When I first saw this mentioned over on Sully’s Daily Dish, I was on the verge of eye-rolling, but actually the question was hilariously put (the most pertinent bit, FTW: “I want to seem like a douchey intellectual instead of my deadbeat self”) and the answers– including the comments; you must scroll through the comments too– were definitely worth the read. I’m more of a nonfiction than fiction reader myself, so not in a great position to weigh in on many of the suggestions. You be the judge! Of course, literary beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
“Portnoy’s Complaint,” said one, “may as well be Yiddish for douche.”
“There’s a difference,” remarked one colleague, “between getting a girl to think you’re smart, and getting a girl to WANT to talk to you. The following are books that will make girls want to talk to you…”
Off you go!