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Selections from the current issue

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the February 2008 issue of The Sun.

The First Cut
Essay by Krista Bremer

I was raised in a family of four girls. When my sisters and I are together, we speak a private language composed largely of different pitches of laughter that causes our exasperated father to demand to know what’s so funny. I am most at home when I am sharing clothes, secrets, and a bathroom with other women. So when I became pregnant a second time, I looked forward to giving my four-year-old daughter a sister. I was not expecting our ultrasound technician to hand me a small black-and-white picture of a baby with a tiny penis.


Going Underground:
Paul Stamets on the Vast, Intelligent Network Beneath Our Feet

Interview by Derrick Jensen

For several years people from different places and backgrounds kept recommending the same oddly titled book to me: Paul Stamets’s Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Ten Speed Press). Everyone told me it was one of the most mind-bending texts they’d ever read.


The Thousand-Peso Suit
Essay by Poe Ballantine

My wife, Cristina, is convinced I am not happy on this so-called summer vacation in her somnolent hometown in the mountains of Zacatecas, the Colorado of Mexico. We’ve been married for three years now and have a young son, Tom. She’s thirty; I’m forty-eight. (I know, I know.) We’re staying with her parents, and this is the first time she has seen her family since I plucked her from the instituto four blocks from here, where she was a student of English and I was her teacher, and hauled her up to the United States to make all her dreams come true.


Plus: Readers Write on Parties, poetry by Chris Bursk, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and more.

This month's favorite from the archives

Dr. Harris’s Residence  
Fiction by Gillian Kendall
from the September 1999 issue
Recommended by: Becky Gee, Sun staff member
Why she likes it: “This story is a reminder that what appears safe and nurturing on the surface can be quite the opposite underneath.”

I remember being alone with my father only a few times. That person, a man, my father, was the tallest human. His hair was black, and darkness covered him in long, smooth suits, which now I recognize as beautifully tailored. 


What’s the best piece you’ve ever read in The Sun? Tell us your favorite Sun interview, short story, essay, or poem, and why you like it, and we may post it in the coming months.

An evening with Sy Safransky

Sy Safransky, editor and publisher of The Sun, will give two free public readings in northern California: one on Monday, April 7, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, and the other on Thursday, April 10, at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, California. Sy will read his own writing, answer questions, and share stories about The Sun. Both readings begin at 7:30 p.m.


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Most-read online this month

Here are the selections that people read the most this month at www.thesunmagazine.org:

  1. Who Hears This Sound?
    Adyashanti On Waking Up From The Dream Of “Me”

    Interview by Luc Saunders and Sy Safransky
    (December 2007, Issue 384)

  2. Sunbeams
    (January 2008, Issue 385)

  3. Through A Glass Darkly:
    Miriam Greenspan On Moving From Grief To Gratitude

    Interview by Barbara Platek
    (January 2008, Issue 385)

  4. My Marital Status
    Essay by James Kullander
    (December 2007, Issue 384)

  5. The Unseen Life That Dreams Us:
    John O’Donohue On The Secret Landscapes Of Imagination And Spirit

    Interview by Diane Covington
    (April 2007, Issue 376)
How did you discover The Sun?

In January we asked you how you discovered the magazine. Here’s what you told us:

“It was the March 2007 issue with the photo of a man with the American flag behind him. I fell in love, and the thing that reeled me in was the Sunbeams.”

— Darius C.

“My wife had a subscription, but I never noticed the magazine until I saw it on the recycle pile. She was going to let the subscription lapse because she didn’t have time to read it. I pulled the last copy off the pile, started reading it, and have read each issue cover-to-cover ever since.”

— Joe H.

“My sister gave me a subscription about seven or eight years ago. Each issue brings an aha or a tear — sometimes both at the same time. I just can’t live without The Sun!”

— Glenn B.

“The psychologist who tested me for ADHD told me that she thought I would like it. That was about fifteen years ago, and I’ve been paying attention to The Sun ever since.”

— Janet S.

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