Chuck Klosterman is the author of several books, including Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Killing Yourself to Live, and Downtown Owl, which will be published in paperback in June. He became a guest professor of literature at the University of Leipzig in Germany in 2008. He was also a senior writer at Spin magazine.

Novelist and writer Chuck Klosterman picks out five books that have made it to his all-time-great list—from Janet Malcolm’s evisceration of a murder case to the Spin guide to records. Klosterman’s new novel The Visible Man is out now.

The acclaimed cultural critic and novelist shares some of his favorite reads, including a polemic about why Americans are stupid and an uncensored history of Rolling Stone.