Articles by Sonya Chung

November 2, 2009

Polygamy the New Feminism? 0

Fans intrigued/disturbed by the real-life look at polygamy from the perspective of women in the HBO series “Big Love” might be interested in this bit of news from Siberia.

November 1, 2009

PW’s Top 10 of 2009 0

Publisher’s Weekly has released a Top 10 adult books list for 2009, fiction and non-fiction.  Click here for the (perhaps surprising) list, including reviews.

October 30, 2009

Sergei Dovlatov, Funny Families, and That Tall Brown Fence 9

The New Yorker published nine of Dovlatov’s stories between 1981 and 1989. Why is he so little known or read in the West today?

October 29, 2009

Brad Pitt for Mayor of New Orleans 1

Brad Pitt for Mayor of New Orleans?  Well, why not?  Maybe he’s earned a shot at it.

October 28, 2009

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tax Records 0

A detailed analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s tax records, obtained from his estate, at The American Scholar. William J. Quirk scrutinizes Scott’s financial ledgers from 1919 to 1940, including short story royalties, expenses relating to wife Zelda, and his years spent in Hollywood.  Indeed, you are what you spend.

October 23, 2009

Interview with Bonnie Jo Campbell 0

A July 2009 interview at bookish us with National Book Award nominee Bonnie Jo Campbell.  Interesting especially is the question (and answer) about how/why American Salvage, the only book from a small press among this year’s NBA finalists, ended up with Wayne State University Press (with an initial print run of 1,500).

October 16, 2009

The Mommy Problem 27

Of all the people I’ve known who tried to become writers, many have not become writers…most people don’t fail to become writers because they can’t become writers; rather, at some point, it becomes clear all the things you cannot be (or have or do) if you become a writer.

October 15, 2009

Wharton is the Original Gossip Girl 1

On this week’s New Yorker Out Loud podcast, Rebecca Mead recommends (seriously) Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth — “the real thing” — for teen-readers who love the Cecily von Ziegesar Gossip Girl series.

October 6, 2009

Libraries Pitch In 0

Libraries are doing double-time.  At NPRs Planet Money, a librarian writes in about how her local library is offering recession resources to those most affected by unemployment.

October 5, 2009

Sonya’s Favorite Novel of the Millenium (So Far) 0

At The Second Pass, check out my review of Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, an unsung gem of a novel by Australian writer Carrie Tiffany.