Articles by Sonya Chung

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 23

“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?

October 1, 2010

MAD MEN Reading List 1

At the New York Public Library blog, a Mad Men reading list.

September 24, 2010

Fall Book Picks (Part 2): Shop Class As Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford 2

“By the mere fact that they [mechanics] stand ready to fix things,” Crawford writes, “as a class they are an affront to the throwaway society. Just as important, the kind of thinking they do, if they are good, offers a counterweight to the culture of narcissism.”

September 22, 2010

Every Word of The Great Gatsby…On Stage 0

In this week’s New Yorker, Rebecca Mead writes about the 8-hour staging of the full text of The Great Gatsby – “Gatz” – at the Public Theater.  She and actor Scott Shepherd discuss it on a podcast.

September 15, 2010

Fall Book Picks (Part 1): Life Work by Donald Hall 2

“Once, in a headlong sentence I clearly intended to say ‘life,’” Hall writes of a therapy session during dark years of marital meltdown and alcoholism, “but by mistake…said ‘work’ instead.” This recollection illuminates the theme of Hall’s beautifully crafted meditation cum memoir.

August 30, 2010

The Great Gatsby Revisited 18

What struck me most is how The Great Gatsby as a “literary treasure,” as something we refer to as a classic, is so much less than what the novel actually is – which is something both gorgeously and impeccably wrought.

July 27, 2010

Literary Endings: Pretty Bows, Blunt Axes, and Modular Furniture 13

It’s tempting to imagine a linear spectrum of ending “types,” with tied-up-in-a-bow on one end, chopped-off-with-a-blunt-ax on the other. But really, there are so many different kinds of literary endings. What constitutes “satisfying” for different readers?