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Procrastination Corner: Editors’ Top Picks #5

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Every fortnight the Tharunka editorial team compiles the best media we’ve been avoiding and/or complementing our studies with. Have fun!


Axel: Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (1930) is a massively fun – and quite brief – novel about pre-World War London socialities. Parties, hedonism, chaos, confusion, fashion, scandals, love, etc. etc.

Jack: Revisiting some Graham Greene novels; The Power and the Glory is still a gut-wrenching story. 

Saafiyah: Life Between Buildings by Jan Gehl is a super interesting read about how the individual’s narrative is influenced by the built form. More importantly, I have re-read all the Avatar the Last Airbender comics.

Movies/TV shows

Jack: Hot Summer Nights – a retro-aesthetic crime flick with Timothee Chalamet. A fun watch, but don’t think too hard about the story – the writing plays fast and loose in many areas. 

Axel: Elementary, an immensely valid Sherlock Holmes adaptation. As an exploration of addiction, recovery, and platonic love and relationships, and of course crime, it’s top notch, but also the cast is just super gorgeous, which is always nice. (Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller, be still my beating heart.)

Saafiyah: Found myself watching Indian Matchmaking on Netflix at 3am one night. While I can’t say it’s good, I can say it’s entertaining (and cringey). 


Henry: The Wigs – basically, three Sydney barristers chat about the news. They’ve been appearing for protestors in the much-publicised Black Lives Matter court cases in recent weeks. It’s rare to hear professional lawyers give personal opinions about anything at all, so the frankness of this podcast is a wonderfully refreshing insight into how laws work behind the scenes.