03/28/2013 03:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reading Without Books

It's the end of March and by now you've realized that reading is for stooges and jerks. But when it comes to impressing strangers having a book with you still takes the cake. That's what people who read call a Catch 22 and people who don't read call "a curious dilemma."

But how do you pique the interest of smart strangers without reading the book you're holding? Simple: watch these dregs of high school English class projects and carry around the matching "required reading."

Because everyone has read these books (except you) you'll be able to impressively discuss them without doing the boring legwork normally needed for a conversation on the text. And even if you once read the book you problem don't remember it because high school, right? Now that's what I call a "Catch 22."

The Catcher in the Rye:

A Separate Peace: