Articles by Sonya Chung

September 7, 2011

(Re)Imagining True Lives: On Historical Fiction 9

Let me just say, with as much un-dotty enthusiasm as I can muster, that I am, like, way super excited about the histo-fi seminar I’m teaching this fall, “(Re)Imagining Lives.”

August 23, 2011

New Documentary on James Salter 0

Checkerboard Films has produced a new documentary film on James Salter, “James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime.”  You can see Nick Antosca and myself, waxing admiringly, as the “young literary voices” who’ve been influenced by Salter.

August 22, 2011

No Place Like Home 5

At the risk of stating the obvious: isn’t it strange, I mean, this thing about being a human being breathing and thinking and sensing and dwelling always, always, in a place?

July 27, 2011

Scared Straight: Writers and The New Happiness 37

Whereas previous generations of accomplished writers were awash in alcoholism and cigarettes, sexual-romantic openness, spiritual misery, and financial ruin, today’s young writers are more likely to faithfully drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, be married, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and have a decent credit score.

July 14, 2011

John Sayles’s “Amigo” to Premiere in NYC August 10 0

The new film by master indie director John Sayles, Amigo, will premiere in New York on August 10th as the opening night presentation of the Asian American International Film Festival. Tickets just went on sale here; Sayles will be appearing in-person for a Q&A.  “Amigo” is Sayles’s 17th feature film and a kind of historical companion piece […]

June 29, 2011

Ayelet Waldman talks Hobgoblin and More 2

“[T]he characters and story are very very far from my life. I think [Red Hook Road] is the best thing I’ve ever written, which, when you think about it, is pretty telling. Perhaps we should all be grateful that I’m now writing a TV pilot about magicians and con men who spy for the British in World War II.”

June 21, 2011

On Bad Blurbs and the Heavy Lightness of Yates’s The Easter Parade 10

The blurby back-cover declarations struck me as so off-pitch, that they in fact helped me to clarify for myself just what I think The Easter Parade is, and isn’t.

April 15, 2011

Friday Night Lights, The Final Season: Join the Team 15

What has surprised – and in a way instructed – me most is how effectively FNL employs what is essentially formulaic drama; that is, how aware we are of being immersed in a constructed moral universe, and yet how little the drama’s predictability compromises either one’s engagement or the show’s objective artfulness and excellence.

April 1, 2011

Sonya Chung Reading at Long Island University 0

I’ll be reading at Long Island University in Brooklyn on Monday, April 4th at 12 noon, with Gary Shteyngart.  I have no idea what I’ll be reading – possibly something new, or something very old.

March 30, 2011

Staff Pick: The Literary Life: A Scrapbook Almanac 1900 to 1950 0

Phelps and Deane were interested in the individualized, romantic convergence of reader and writer; in the deeply-felt notion that literature matters in life, that indeed it is life.