Every fortnight the Tharunka editorial team compiles the best media we’ve been avoiding and/or complementing our studies with. Have fun!
Axel: I started Herman Melville’s Moby Dick expecting to just fill a space in my knowledge of the literary canon, and all the jokes about whales I never got, but honestly Ishmael’s just a mood. Also pre sure this counts as LGBTQ+ rep on a few counts, but I might be biased.
Jack: Started reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans – a mystery novel set in wartime Shanghai. It does very well at giving that uneasy feeling, that not everything is at it seems.
Jo: Still readingThe Cherub Series, a british book series about child spies that I used to love as a kid, so have recently been re-reading for nostalgia. There’s about 15 books + a prequel series and they make for very easy, fun reading.
Saafiyah: I started the Night Circus a couple of weeks back and just finished it yesterday. It’s a good book but I guess not an ideal read for when you have 5 assignments due in the span of 3 weeks.
Jo: Old John Lewis movies.
Henry: Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly might seem like a low-budget rip-off of famed American shows like John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, but there’s something I admire about this fearless tour of Australian politics. It’s engaging and accessible because it’s content to be mediocre – and it’s just passed 100 episodes!
Saafiyah: I don’t know what possessed me to watch Little Italy (lies, I know exactly why I clicked on it. I see Hayden Christensen, I click), and it’s just as bad as it sounds. Don’t even get me started on those accents…
Axel: I’m still living for Hozier, but also Jay Brannan owns any emotional intelligence I can lay claim to at this point. His music is so poignant lyrically – he articulates mental illness, and specifically queer love beautifully – but his voice??? His guitar??? Just fuck me up.
Jo: Still listening to Taylor Swift’s surprise indie-folk album folklore (recap from last month: She delivers BIG sad girl energy and the perfect soundtrack for going for long walks in the rain at 3am.)
Saafiyah: Does anyone still watch/listen to Just Kidding News, the sister company to Just Kidding Films? I randomly had it pop up on my Spotify and now it’s all I’ve been listening to while trying to finish off my major assignment. If you need some stupid humour to lighten your mood, I’d recommend this podcast. NOTE: not an actual source of news.