Articles by Sonya Chung

April 17, 2014

Sergei Dovlatov: Gravity, Levity, and Love 2

A few years ago, when I first starting reading and writing about Dovlatov, I focused on the wickedly humorous side of Dovlatov’s deadpan. But a few years later, and a few more books into his body of work, I find myself more interested in that earnestness and regret — in Dovlatov the evolving man and artist, who crafted and, yes, honed a version of himself in his fiction that was just distorted enough to be true.

December 15, 2013

A Year in Reading: Sonya Chung 1

It is Duras’s great accomplishment that, by the end of The Square, I am convinced that these two minds and souls are not only fully real, but that they are me.

October 16, 2013

Interview With Charles McNair 0

Over at Bloom today, a lively Q&A with Charles McNair, whose Pickett’s Charge was the subject of Kevin Hartnett’s recent review here.  In particular, McNair takes us through the harrowing blow by blow of his road to publication, the “sophomore jinx story” from a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author.

September 11, 2013

Audio Conversation With Paul Harding 0

At Bloom this week, a spotlight on Pulitzer-Prize winner Paul Harding, whose second novel Enon has just been released.  Plus a special treat: Joe Schuster speaks to Harding by phone in this two-part interview.

August 28, 2013

These Boots Aren’t Made for Walking 6

Square-toe, mid-calf, 4-inch all-rubber chunky heels. Red. For the month of August, these have been my writing boots. What: don’t you have a pair of writing boots?

May 24, 2013

Neuroscience and Creativity 0

Over at Bloom, Dr. Francine Toder—a retired psychotherapist and author of The Vintage Years, who learned to play the cello in her 60s—writes about the neuroscience studies that support creative blooming in later life.  Check out also this excerpt from The Vintage Years.

May 22, 2013

The Common in the City Party 0

Tonight!  Celebrate 3 years with The Common.  You can still buy tickets to this elegant lit party here.  André Aciman reads from his latest novel Harvard Square.

May 2, 2013

James Salter’s All That Is: From Dream to Reality 3

This is not George Saunders or Lorrie Moore making fun of the ineffectualness of romantic impulses; this is for real.

January 23, 2013

Jon Clinch at Bloom 0

At Bloom this week, check out the feature on novelist Jon Clinch, and the accompanying Q&A, where Clinch talks in-depth about his decision to self-publish his fourth novel after having his first two published by Random House.   He says that his second novel, Kings of the Earth, “was set up for success: Oprah’s magazine put […]

December 27, 2012

Video Interview with Dar Williams and Spencer Reece 0

At Bloom this week, check out the multi-part feature on Spencer Reece‘s poetry project at an orphanage in Honduras, which includes a documentary film for which singer-songwriter Dar Williams is composing/performing the soundtrack.  Watch an exclusive two-part video interview with Reece and Williams about their friendship and collaboration.