Articles by Sonya Chung

January 12, 2010

Sex, Seriously: James Salter Trumps the Great Male Novelists 26

It’s been said that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” The same might be said for sex, and even more aptly when it comes to writing about writing about sex.

January 7, 2010

Elif Batuman on Reading the Russians 0

Essayist and Russian literature scholar Elif Batuman in an interview with the Boston Globe on how the Russians get the combination of “funny and sad” better than the Germans, the English, or the French.

December 30, 2009

Year-End Reflections: The Great and The Good 1

It’s a thread I sense in most writers I know — that if a good amount of our first-fruit time and energy are going to be spent either in solitude or promoting our own work, we want also to make sure we are not atrophying in our human connectedness.

December 23, 2009

Bethanne Patrick’s Bottom 10 of 2009 0

Book Studio‘s Bethanne Patrick‘s Top 10 and, perhaps more interestingly, Bottom 10 Books of the Year.  Patrick minces no words on Lethem, Kingsolver, Niffenegger, Moore, and Larsson.

December 18, 2009

Holiday Film Review: The Road As Incarnation 1

If the novel moved you, that’s the main reason to see The Road in film version.

December 16, 2009

“Afro Picks” Image & Pun Draws Criticism 0

The cover image of this week’s Publisher’s Weekly, which centers around an annual  feature on African American book publishing,  is drawing a lot of attention, mostly negative. Read PW senior news editor Calvin Reid‘s explanation/mea culpa.

December 10, 2009

E-book Release Delays 0

An article in the Wall Street Journal about the third publishing house — HarperCollins, who joined Simon & Schuster and Hachette —  to delay e-book publication of new (hardcover) titles.  The debate over timing and pricing of new-release e-books (@$9.99) continues.

December 10, 2009

Virtual Hannah Tinti 0

The latest in virtual author appearances, an especially useful option for literary venues in the snowy midwest during winter:  Hannah Tinti on Skype (audio and video) in Minneapolis via the Magers & Quinn “Books & Bars” Book Club series.

December 4, 2009

Best Foreign Fiction from Jessa Crispin 0

Jessa Crispin offers “Picks for Best Foreign Fiction,” at NPR, including selections from Russia, Colombia, the Netherlands, and Israel.

December 4, 2009

What Bolano Read 0

Part 2 of “What Bolano Read” by Tom McCartan at Melville House.