A reading list? For spring? Groundbreaking.
For our work book club, I’m reading No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. Outside of that, I am looking forward to reading Against Disappearance: Essays on Memory, which is the new anthology from Liminal (and I am not just reading it because I have an essay in it…) while I have some much-needed downtime from work!
I just read a book called Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman, which was recommended by Mary Gaitskill on her Substack. The authors had a conversation that mentioned the influence of Gaitskill’s own book, This is Pleasure, on Fishman’s book, so I read This is Pleasure straight after. And now I’m reading one of Gaitskill’s early story collections Because They Wanted To. To say I’m ‘in my Mary Gaitskill era’ would be gauche, so I will stop there.
I had the privilege of editorially consulting on Kill Your Darlings’ New Australian Fiction Anthology 2022 and I’ve been making my way through the wide breadth of stories. I’ve been re-reading Australian Poetry’s Best of Australian Poems 2021 anthology co-edited by Ellen Van Neerven and Toby Fitch in high anticipation of Best of Australian Poems 2022 co-edited by Jeanine Leane and Judith Beverage. I recently finished Root & Branch by Eda Gunaydin and am still reflecting on bits and pieces (of myself, in it). I’m looking forward to Against Disappearance: Essays on Memory, Liminal Mag’s latest anthology, from their and Pantera Press’ 2021 Non-Fiction Prize longlist.
I recently finished Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (and loved it) so I have Earthlings sitting on my bedside table, ready to go. In my usual style, I have several books on the go at once so I am currently part way through Rattled by Ellis Gunn (an unnerving first-hand account of being stalked – I can’t put it down!), An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa (a short story collection full of tender and vulnerable characters) and A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins (a twisty whodunnit set amongst the canals of London).