Rest & Reset this Christmas
Sitting down with Author, Ronnie Scott
‘Tis the time of the year where we would traditionally see hoards of family members gathering, tiresome shopping trips, month long catch ups and endless festivities. Instead, in a year like no other we are focusing on the important things & looking towards our homes as our sanctuaries, and how they continue to play such an important role in this celebratory time of the year.
As we look to our Living Rooms and how we can turn it into a place of sharing, creation and gathering this Christmas time, we thought we would take a moment to consider how we can use this space to rest and reset. There is no better way to do so than by sinking into a good book – something that transports you from your present and into a different universe. SO, we sat down with Melbourne local, Ronnie Scott to talk briefly about his 2020 experience along with his newly launched first novel – The Adversary.
Ronnie is an author, editor and academic who lectures in the Writing & Publishing discipline at RMIT University.
How do you like to hang out in your downtime?
Well, I also live in Melbourne, where we just came out of a second, epic, three-month lockdown. It was totally different to lockdown #1 and felt kind of dark – and this is coming from someone who’s in a decent living situation, can work from home, spends lots of time alone anyway, etc. But it was just endless. So I put lots of energy into hanging out at home and making sure it was the best experience possible – I bought nice alcohol, records and a bath pillow and spent most of my winter afternoons using those three things simultaneously. If we ever have to do lockdown again, I can’t recommend this highly enough. If we ever have WINTER again, I still think this is a good way to spend your time.
How are you celebrating Christmas at home this year?
I have mates who’ve been stuck interstate and are just getting back to Melbourne this week, so we’re going to spend Christmas day in the big house they’re housesitting, cooking and probably dancing, and, if it’s anything like we’ve done in previous years, watching a movie and having late afternoon drinks with people who have just had lunch with their families. It’ll be bliss.
What types of books are you reading?
At the start of lockdown, I was super ambitious and thought this would finally be the year I read DEMONS by Dostoevsky. Absolutely not. I read lots of short stories and poems and essays and things I could focus on closely and totally for short stretches of time – again, while drinking cocktails, with the bath pillow, with a record on. So, picture me doing that, but also reading Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin and Throat by Ellen van Neerven, my two top picks for 2020 – both books are smart and eloquent and weird in their own ways and I loved them deeply.
Thank you for that. But do tell us, what is your book, The Adversary about? Inspire people to read it this December as they spend the warmer months lounging around at home.
So, the funniest thing about The Adversary in the context of the above is that it’s about a guy who spends the whole book alone in his room, pining for his best friend, Dan, who lives on the other side of the bedroom wall. I don’t know what he would do in lockdown, but in real life, he is dragged out of his bedroom by Dan and some other friends, and he spends the summer meeting guys and going to the pool. I think it would be a good fantasy read for someone this summer – it’s queer and quick, so you should check it out and see what you think!
Need some music to accompany your read? Ronnie has prepared a playlist to accompany his debut novel – check it out, here.
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