Articles by Sonya Chung

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.

February 25, 2011

The Great Divide: Writing Across Gender 20

Do we ever really “forget” the author? Does she ever truly recede when we are reading gender-crossing works? Do we necessarily want her to?

January 19, 2011

The Long and the Short of It: Linked Story Collections Bridging the Divide 13

To me, the short story is this miraculously compressed form, elegant and complex, small in shape but large and deep in meaning; it has the capacity for perfection in a way that the novel does not.

December 1, 2010

Sonya Chung at Sweet: Actors Reading Writers 0

My inner dramatist will have a debut outing at Sweet: Actors Reading Writers, Thurs. 12/2 at 7:30 pm, Three of Cups (First Ave at 5th Street, NYC). Actor Tonya Edmonds will perform an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, Sebastian & Frederick. Other featured writers: Ed Park, Amanda Filipacchi, Jonathan Dixon, Maya Pindyck.

October 29, 2010

What We Teach When We Teach Writers: On the Quantifiable and the Uncertain 24

“I think the single most defining characteristic of a writer” – I found myself saying to a friend the other day, when she asked my thoughts on the teaching of writing – “I mean the difference between a writer and someone who ‘wants to be a writer,’ is a high tolerance for uncertainty.”

October 15, 2010

Sorkin’s Rapid-Fire May Have Jumped the Gun: Thoughts on ‘The Social Network’ 5

How can we have perspective on Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 26 year-old founder, or the cultural power of Facebook, when the phenomena – both man and network – are clearly still evolving, in both our realities and our collective minds?