What I’m Reading

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

What I've Been Reading

What I’ve Been Reading

Corey Wakeling
Perhaps thanks to Joyelle McSweeney’s Dead Youth, or, the Leaks: a play in 4 acts (2014), which is also a closet drama a la Goethe or Gertrude Stein and thus perfectly amenable to the theatrophobic—pertinent to our interrupted spectacle?—I have ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

John Mateer
Somewhere overseas, more than a decade ago, I was among a group of poets, novelists and translators, who were visiting another writer at his historic home. Inside, before I could ask anyone about the house, its age and its style, ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Jo Lennan
I might as well be honest. A great year of reading it was not. I had a baby in May this year, in the first flush of the pandemic, so I feel zero sense of shame about what I did ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Kathleen Jennings
The romance and horror of the navigable world I amuse myself by finding patterns in and between the books I tumble into, or stumble over, or on occasion drag myself through, grumbling. Lately, I have been able to gather many ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Philip Salom
During my adolescence I read almost nothing. I lived on farms. When I was 19 someone gave me a copy of Patrick White's novel The Vivisector and it blew my head off. White's style captured me, his acerbic poetry and ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Zenobia Frost
The Queer Reader 101 booklist started as a joke between my girlfriend and me. I say started, because now there’s an actual stack on my bedside table: The Price of Salt (Patricia Highsmith), Valencia (Michelle Tea), Written on the Body ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Imbi Neeme
When my eldest child was ten, he liked to read multiple books at once, arranged in a circle around him on his bed like a giant book buffet. He would pick one up, read a few pages, sometimes even just ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Laura Elvery
‘Warm-ups’ by Abigail Ulman In the first week of lockdown in Brisbane, my friend texted me three words: GET DISNEY PLUS. She has a 5-year-old. I have two little kids. GET DISNEY PLUS, she yelled at me again, even though ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Jessie Tu
Since getting the job as Emerging Book Critic a few months ago, I’ve had to be very intentional about what I read because I realised I take much longer to get through a book than I used to. Working with ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Yves Rees
Back in early June, as Black Lives Matter activists took to the streets worldwide, I set myself a reading project: to avoid white writers for the rest of the year. For my standard ten or so books a month, I’d ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Andy Connor
Note: this piece contains extensive spoilers for both The Last of Us (2013) and The Last of Us Part II (2020). I'm reading a slick of blood on a staircase. I'm reading the slow embering of realisation in a person's ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Emma Ashmere
On reading Ali Smith’s Summer When a continent burned and another melted I’m reading Ali Smith’s Summer and I want to not believe her. I want to deny and scoff at that part where the English character Sacha is outraged ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Caitlin McGregor
The first time Victoria goes into lockdown, our house is taken over by a person-like creature that is halfway hatched from what seems to be a chicken egg. It has a peach-and-cream skin tone and bright blue eyes. It yells ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Jock Serong
The New Yorker They arrive in whacking great bundles. Each time, I think I should have remembered this from the last time I subscribed. A weekly magazine, coming from the other side of the world in a time of crippled ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Isabelle Oderberg
'Isabelle is medically well and there are no concerns regarding her plans to conceive.' 'Isabelle is yet to experience any significant pain or bleeding.' 'I am still very optimistic for Isabelle’s chances of having a healthy pregnancy given that she ...