Articles by Sonya Chung

November 18, 2009

Junot Diaz on What is a Writer 0

Junot Díaz writes in O. Magazine about the harrowing, doubt-and-terror-filled decade-plus he spent writing his Pulitzer-prize winning first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

November 10, 2009

Rosenbaum on Nabokov’s Laura 0

Slate’s Ron Rosenbaum talks with Brooke Gladstone of NPRs On the Media about posthumous publishing, specifically Nabokov, but also Kafka and in general.

November 6, 2009

This Is Michael Jackson 12

What could be more compelling than film footage of the King of Pop so clearly not meant for our eyes?

November 3, 2009

Maureen Corrigan on Lacuna 0

NPR’s Maureen Corrigan applauds Barbara Kingsolver‘s Lacuna for “single-handedly keeping consumer zest alive for the literary novel,” as “the only literary novel caught in the cross hairs” of the price wars waged by Wal-mart, Amazon, and Target against booksellers (the others being genre novels).  As for the book itself: “I wish I could say she […]

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).