Each week we feature one of our many talented interns here at Superstition Review.
Christine Truong is an Art Editor for Superstition Review. She studies English Literature and Art History at Arizona State University and upon graduation she plans to attend a graduate program to learn, research, and write about literature.
Christine was born in Vietnam, but has spent the majority of her life living in the inner-city of Los Angeles. She considers herself fascinated and jaded by city-life. However, after traveling to towns throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S., she has come to conclude that Los Angeles, with its imperfections, is no ordinary place. Christine continues to draw inspiration from the pathos of city-life and like others of her generation, she thinks about what it means to be a young adult in modern life.
Unlike other students of her discipline, Christine did not always enjoy books. Her love for books began when a Middle School teacher recommended that she read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan after learning of her Vietnamese heritage. Christine likes to say that her true love for literature began when she read Demian by Herman Hesse and Anthem by Ayn Rand in the tenth grade—both, in their own ways, stories of individual conquest.
Today, her love of literature has translated over to the world of literary theory and poetry. In both her spare time and academic life, Christine enjoys reading critical theory, where every piece seems to be more complicated and elaborate than the previous. She is interested in poetic forms, rhetoric, and post-colonial and deconstructionist theories. She enjoys the critical and prose works of T.S. Eliot and other Modernists, as well as the English Romantics and Russian writers. If she were forced to choose a work to read for the rest of her life, she would, without a question, choose T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock.” If she had to choose a work of art to view for the rest of her life, it would be Eugène Delacroix’s Paganini.
Christine’s interest in Superstition Review came at time when she realized she needed to spend more time connecting with others who also love art and literature. She also writes an opinion column on culture and politics for ASU’s State Press. In her spare time, she updates her literature blog, a hundred visions and revision and tries to find time to update her cooking blog, Culinary Curiosities.
Christine enjoys reading astrological charts. She is also an after-school instructor for the Tempe School District and teaches play programs for parents and their toddlers at Gymboree Play and Music.