Tired of reading the same recommended books from the usual sources? Just think of our weekly What We’re Reading column as your non-committal book club with The FADER and some of your favorite bands. For this installment, Robert Alfons of Trust gives us a brief rundown of his stellar must-reads.
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor: A collection of short stories set in the southern states. After the horror of reading the first story, you realize that each story after will be just as brutal. There is such a sense of doom as you read.
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson: This is a re-telling, of sorts, of the Greek myth of Geryon and Herakles. It’s written in phrase, and the language is so playful. I read the book in Argentina last year, where much of the book takes place. It’s also very volcanic.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: The book follows Clarissa’s mind around as she attempts to host a party. It jumps back and forth in time, involving people from her past. I [also] love the whole connection with The Hours—it makes the world in Cunningham’s book that much bigger.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: A story of solitude, innocence, and coming from a star.