Mark Hoppus


A musician’s dive into three gripping reads.



In 1999, the California-based trio Blink-182 burst onto the charts with infectious tunes like "What's My Age Again?" and "All the Small Things." Combining high-energy songcraft with a potent live act, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker quickly earned a standout place in the era's pop-punk Renaissance. After a four-year hiatus, Blink-182 returned to touring and recording -- and the acclaim of fans worldwide -- in 2009. The groups's bassist and singer Mark Hoppus spoke with us about his three favorite books.


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Shadow Divers

By Robert Kurson


"It's the true story of a group of scuba divers who discover a sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. It's a thrilling, can't-put-it-down type of book, as they search to identify a submarine with no record of having been where it was found."









Red Dragon

By Thomas Harris


"I read this book back when I was in Junior High. It freaked me out It's the original CSI! It gave me nightmares for months and made me want to become a crime scene investigator -- but I started playing bass instead."









The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler


"Based in Los Angeles during the '40s -- it's crime, suspense, tough guys, detectives, gorgeous women. The foundation of Los Angeles film noir. There's a reason Humphrey Bogart starred in the film adaptation."


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.