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Selections from the current issue

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

Bridging The Green Divide:
Van Jones On Jobs, Jails, And Environmental Justice

Interview by David Kupfer

Watching activist Van Jones deliver a speech is an unforgettable experience. Dressed in his trademark black turtleneck, black slacks, and black sport jacket, Jones can step up to a podium and disarm listeners with a potent mix of confidence and modesty. He speaks softly at first, but as he makes a point about racism or the environment, his voice rises and turns staccato.


The Jar Of Coins
Essay by Courtney E. Martin

The cold glass jar felt good in my pudgy seven-year-old hands. It had once been filled with hard candies wrapped in brightly colored cellophane, a gift from one of my dad’s clients. Sitting on our back deck on a Colorado summer afternoon, I wondered what I should fill the jar with now that all the candy was gone.


The Piano
Fiction by Aharon Levy

We had been preparing for months, slowly ridding ourselves of possessions we had once thought essential. By the time we left, everything that was ours fit into three brown vinyl suitcases. My parents told me this would be enough, but, like so much they said, these words of comfort were not particularly plausible.


Plus: Readers Write on The Last Time, poetry by Faith Shearin, and Sunbeams.

This month's favorite from the archives

The Blue Devils Of Blue River Avenue
Fiction by Poe Ballantine
from the August 1997 issue
Recommended by: Andrew Snee, Senior Editor
Why he likes it: “It’s a childhood story about Jack-in-the-Box, vinyl upholstery, and the foreign lands of other kids’ houses.”

Our first house, in the autumn of 1963, was a small, mustard-colored tract home in the older working-class suburbs of northeast San Diego. Before that we’d rented. My father had been a mailman, but now he was a schoolteacher. There was nothing on the other side of our street but a mountain and a few cows.


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

    Interview by Barbara Platek
    (January 2008, Issue 385)

  2. 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)

  3. Going Underground:
    Paul Stamets On The Vast, Intelligent Network Beneath Our Feet

    Interview by Derrick Jensen
    (February 2008, Issue 386)

  4. The First Cut
    Essay by Krista Bremer
    (February 2008, Issue 386)

  5. The Unhealed Life
    Essay by Yaël Bethiem
    (January 1989, Issue 158)
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