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 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.