What I’m Reading

An ongoing series of Australian writers delving into the authors they’re reading.

What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Ender Başkan
not much! two little kids and working in a bookshop an abundance of books to read not much clear air tho not many stretches at the desk fall asleep the minute i get into bed just pockets of time to ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Grace Chan
My relationship with speculative fiction has the flavour of an intimate romance. To be captivated by a mind-bending short story; to guiltily bookmark your intergalactic saga so you can spend a delightful evening with a horror novella. There is something ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Mason Wood
It’s summer and I’m reading Jennifer Down’s Bodies of Light while at the beach with friends. We eat sandwiches and do quizzes from the newspaper. I think about whether the book matches my Speedos and painted nails. The text is ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sean Wilson
As I write these words, I am alternating between my word processor and my browser, where I’m obsessively reading and re-reading the treatment and recurrence profile of pericarditis. I recently had a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and ...
What I’m Reading (In the Archives)

What I’m Reading (In the Archives)

Emma Sutherland
Spring 2022
Every weekday, at about 7am, subscribers to the Meanjin Daily Reading Newsletter are greeted by email with a piece from the quarterly’s 82-year history. It could be a provocative essay, a sobering memoir or an interview that elicits a chuckle ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Tim Loveday, Tim Loveday, Tim Loveday
My relationship with reading has always been fraught. Like most writers I know, I often feel overwhelmed, even affronted, by the stacks of books that, despite my best efforts, steadily grow by the side of my bed. Like most writers ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

James McKenzie Watson
I’m sure there’s a parable about a man who visits a spectacular art gallery and finds the artwork he’s most enamoured with to be a mirror. The lesson is something about self-absorption and it’s territory I feel I’m straying dangerously ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

George Haddad
I recently submitted my doctoral thesis about the intersection of masculinities, shame and suburbia in Christos Tsiolkas’ The Jesus Man and Peter Polites’ The Pillars. The research was mainly around how that intersection may lead to violence and the loss ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Margaret Hickey
I am a ravenous beast when it comes to reading. I’ll read anything and everything, it’s as if I fear that in one second every book in the world will disappear and only memory will keep them alive. There weren’t ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Fiona Robertson
Reading the Instructions I find myself a first-time author at the age of fifty-one. I’m not from a writing background; my day job is medical (previously a GP, now a surgical assistant). I have no formal qualifications in writing, no ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Toby Fitch
 degraded echo (de Chirico?) a white sun, nudging a post heavy sun: velleities hairy sun: shaking itself dry barely an impingement, a diluted sun, a dilated sun, egg broken into a large bowl of soup sun   hot sea, in ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Kristian Radford
I’m not a very focused reader. Even with the writers closest to my heart, I’ve usually only read a few of their books. I figure I’ll get to the rest gradually, one each year or so, and spread them out ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Clare Millar
Glassblowing is magic. Anyone who has seen a demonstration—even on Netflix—will know this to be true. It has become almost all I can think about: the grumble of the furnace and reheating chamber;  the smell of runny beeswax used to ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Jennifer Bryce
This time last year, in lockdown, my partner and I decided to work our way through the novels long-listed for the Booker prize. Surprisingly, we both agreed before the announcement of the winner that Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart was ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Corrie Perkin
‘I’ll be watching, because history is going to be made,’ President Trump told his supporters on January 6 as they started their march to Washington’s Capitol Building. History was made that day, and no amount of airbrushing by US conservatives ...