With Issue 188, I got a reminder that my trial subscription was ending, and inviting me to renew for a year. I’ve read and reread the six issues I received, and frankly, I can’t make up my mind just how to respond to The Sun.
I’m entranced by some of your articles, the rare good poem, the humor, the philosophy — but I’m put off, offended, in fact, by your not-so-subtle leftist politics. Do you consider yourself a political journal?
The otiose diatribe between Andrea Wolpert and Colman McCarthy [“Study War No More,” Issue 188] is neither logic nor literature. So why do you subject subscribers to such political mush? Have you done a reader survey that indicates your subscribers like this sort of non-journalism, or are you and your staff simply imposing your ideology on the public through the pages of The Sun?
Obviously, something about The Sun attracts me; why else would I take such time and effort to fathom your motives? It is a sometimes lively journal, and one in which I would probably be pleased to have my work appear. But get rid of the politics! There are ideas other than political ones, especially those to the extreme right or left.
But — what the hell! Here’s my check for thirty bucks. Renew my subscription and make sure I don’t miss any copies, please!