A coffee table is the ideal spot to showcase the reading materials you'd want anyone to judge you by. Whether they know you haven't cracked a single New Yorker or Foreign Affairs in the pile is irrelevant. It's the image that counts. You are sophisticated and well-informed, got it?
And you wouldn't want your stacks on stacks on stacks of dog-eared US Weeklys or Tiger Beats to tarnish that. Which's why the Pinch Bench (yes, Bench, as it is also strong enough to seat three people) is perfect: it hides your embarrassing titles in plain sight, while simultaneously serving as a stylish surface to exhibit the "right" ones.