5 Weird Beach Reads for the Peverse Sunbather

Column by Ed Sikov
People usually think of the term "beach read" as involving but light literature. But that's so limiting! Here's a selection of perverse books to read while soaking up the sun.

10 Books to Distract You From the Awful Shit Happening Right Now

Column by Christopher Shultz November 22, 2016
If you have no more fucks to give, why not curl up with some "happy place" books?

LURID: Beach Blanket Boogeymen

Column by Karina Wilson July 3, 2012
Packing for your long-dreamed-about summer vacay? You might want to take heed of some of these cautionary reads before you get on the plane.

Why I'd Rather Be Unpublished Than Considered "Beach Reading"

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen June 20, 2012
Booksellers are busy moving their best prose to the back of the store, and setting up displays of colorful paperbacks that have been categorized in a most offensive way: "beach reading."

LURID: Jaws - Back In The Water

Column by Karina Wilson May 29, 2012
Happy Memorial Day! Now's as good a time as any to start thinking about your beach reads for the lazy days of summer 2012. So Lurid takes another look at the much-maligned 1970s bestseller, 'Jaws.'