Articles by Sonya Chung

November 15, 2011

On Spinach and the National Book Awards 12

I want to live in a world – and I believe we’re closer than we think – where “the reading public” consumes, likes, and engages with many different kinds of literary nourishment; and where writers, teachers, and critics trust and even expect readers to do so.

November 5, 2011

Poetry Walk in the Bronx 0

Don’t miss Jon Cotner‘s “Poem Forest” at the NY Botanical Gardens Nov 4-5 and Nov 11-12, 12-4:30. It’s a self-guided tour that promises “a new kind of poetry experience, as well as a new kind of walking experience. Poet-walker Jon Cotner has fused lines selected from 2500 years of nature poetry with Thain Forest’s autumnal landscape.” […]

October 28, 2011

Post-40 Bloomers: The Stories of William Gay 2

While Gay himself might prize being considered among the Southern greats, his stories of desolation and beauty — brimming, yes, with the familiar Gothic elements of violence and darkness of hearts — feed and trouble our souls, whether or not we come to the text already knowing the “timeless tolling of whippoorwills, both bitter and reassuring,” or have passed ugly nights in a honkytonk, or keep a rifle or a pistol under the bed.

September 29, 2011

Post-40 Bloomers: Yvvette Edwards and A Cupboard Full of Coats 4

“I suppose I qualify as a late bloomer but I don’t feel like one. The term has connotations of stagnation, finally followed by some kind of transformation. I’d probably prefer to equate myself to a fine wine or good cheese, something that takes time, passion, and dedication to mature perfectly.”

September 26, 2011

Post-40 Bloomers: “Late” According to Whom? 45

I myself am hesitant to use the word “late” (or “older,” for that matter) in reference to writers over 40. Late relative to what and according to whose definition of early or on-time?

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 […]