6. Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith could cut you with her words and her cheekbones.
7. John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck? More like, John FINE-beck.
17. Tao Lin
Tao Lin might be controversial, but his studliness certainly isn’t.
24. Paul Auster
Those eyes. So piercing.
25. Nicole Krauss
Probably most people would like to discuss The History of Love with Nicole Krauss, but Jonathan Safran Foer won. High five, Jonathan Safran Foer.
27. Chang-Rae Lee
So brilliant and such a babe.
28. Joan Didion
Joan Didion could’ve given Kate Moss a run for her money.
29. Richard Mason
Brooding, handsome, and brilliant? Check, check, and check.
30. Neil Gaiman
Multi-talented Neil Gaiman is basically Jim Morrison’s hair twin.
31. Margaret Mitchell
Scarlett O’Hara who? Margaret Mitchell’s doe eyes are way more captivating.
33. J.D. Salinger
Theory: Salinger was reclusive because he was sick of all the groupies he was attracting.
CORRECTION: An image of Gillian Flynn was misidentified as Nell Freudenberger in an earlier version of this post.