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The Sun Interview

Weapons In The War For Human Kindness An Interview With David Budbill

by Diana S. McCall

“The trouble with talking too much about ‘us versus them’ is that you tend to forget that the same greed and will to power are in all of us.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

American Winter

by Krista Bremer

After the election


Everyone Thinks That Awful Comes By Itself, But It Doesn't

by Brian Doyle

I know a guy whose wife fell in love with another man. She told him about it first thing in the morning on a summer day. She then went to start the coffee.


Write-Ins For President

by Leath Tonino

I elect that bull elk in the Snake River.


Fourteen Steps

by Jennifer Rabin

Incremental progress


What Love Looks Like From Here

by Rebecca McClanahan

Mother is stretched out on the sofa, her eyes closed, her feet resting on Dad’s lap. He looks up with a smile bordering on a smirk, as if I’ve caught them in an act of intimacy and he is proud of it. He continues stroking Mother’s feet. Dad is ninety-four, and Mother is ninety-one. They have been married seventy-one years. Today is a good day: Mother knows his name.


Still Running

by Jane Bernstein

I start to run in 1973 on a track above the basketball court at the McBurney YMCA in New York City. Twenty laps to a mile. T-shirt, cutoff jeans, denim sneakers with orange laces — flat and heavy, like low-cut basketball shoes.



Bugs In A Bowl

by David Budbill

Readers Write


by Our Readers

A bride’s lament, a smoker’s remorse, a swingers’ resort

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In This Issue



“There is no greater impotence in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.”

Norman Mailer


Letter to the Editor

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