Our own Sonya Chung went on Jenn Baker’s excellent podcast, Minorities in Publishing, where she discussed, among other things, her recent essay on Green Book and dealing with imposter syndrome as a writer.”After book two, I had more of secure sense that indeed I am a writer,” Chung says. “That’s what I do and what I’m hopefully going to keep doing. The degree of success one has with that is a totally different question.”
“In a bewildering new trend, it is young rationalist bloggers in Bangladesh who have emerged as the primary target of Islamic extremists.” K. Anis Ahmed writes about the brutal murders of bloggers at the front of the secular movement who have demanded punishment for those committing genocide. Pair with an essay from Hasan Altaf about how celebrating literature can be a form a protest.
Last year, Laura van den Berg came out with a new book, The Isle of Youth, which Nathan Huffstutter reviewed for The Millions. On the Guernica blog, Dwyer Murphy interviews van den Berg, who talks about jacket photos, her first collection and whether a writer from Florida is part of the Southern tradition. (You could also read van den Berg’s Year in Reading entry.)