What We’re Reading: Hassan, Vuong and Shanbhag
Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to.
Jeremy George is reading Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time by Robert Hassan
I am currently reading Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time by author and University of Melbourne professor Robert Hassan. The book chronicles Hassan’s five week passage aboard the containership Rossini, a journey undertaken with the aim to ‘detox’ from what he perceives as media and technology’s ever-tightening grip. Not only is the Proustian narration immensely readable, interesting and funny, but Hassan’s theoretical insights on technology and its consequences for our perception of time are important and relevant to anyone (which is everyone) living in our digital age.
Kim Gruschow is reading On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong and The Falconer by Dana Czapnik
I’m halfway through On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, a stunning semi-autobiographical first novel in the form of a letter by a Vietnamese-born poet. It’s about family, sexuality and survival. Gorgeous indeed. I recently enjoyed The Falconer by Dana Czapnik, which is a New York coming-of-age story set in the 90s and featuring art and basketball. It’s a fresh, fun and feisty book.
Alex is reading Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
Despite its brevity, fragments of Ghachar Ghochar lingered in my mind long after I’d finished reading: the smell of coffee, the feeling of ants crawling on my skin, the image of Anita in her dark blue sari…A finely drawn portrait of middle-class Indian family life.