Hip classics: Rediscover the Beats with Kerouac or Burroughs. The old is never passe, so wow your Eggers foes with your derivative lit-crit vocabulary.

Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)

The Dharma Bums (Jack Kerouac)

Predecessors: For those of you who are ambivalent to dive into the mammoth Infinite Jest, try out the less hip-gilded (yet finally more sensible) predecessors to the Eggers-generation.

The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)

Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (Douglas Coupland)

Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)

The Hipster canon: To become truly hip-literate, read these standards and feel better about your life.

‹¨« A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)

‹¨« Infinite Jest: A Novel (David Foster Wallace)

‹¨« On Beauty (Zadie Smith)

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