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Selections from the current issue

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

Both Sides Of The Street:
Connie Rice Lays Down The Law To Cops And Gangs

Interview by Diane Lefer

In 1974, at the age of eighteen, Constance “Connie” Rice offered to do all the family ironing in front of the television just so she could stay home from school and watch the Senate hearings about the Watergate scandal, which was tearing apart the presidency of Richard Nixon. She became so engrossed that she burned her father’s shirt.


Stories For An Unborn Son
Essay by Bonnie J. Rough

It began with a hiccup as one cell tried to transfer its data to another. It began long before I, your mother, was born. A gene mutation, carried invisibly by women and passed to sons, snakes through our family tree. It is a fragment of history we can trace, a tiny bundle of stories floating in our blood.


The Boy Behind The Tree
Fiction by Mark Brazaitis

My father and I were on the third tee at Wildwood Golf Course when a boy in a red golf shirt stepped from behind an oak tree next to the ball washer. “Mind if I join you?” he asked.


Plus: Readers Write on Stealing, poetry by Eric Anderson, and Sunbeams

This month's favorite from the archives

From the June 2001 issue:

Fiction by Steve Almond

I’d fallen in with a group of beautiful blondes. I have no clear idea how this happened. Something about a friend of a friend. Something about a party. They’d caught me on a good night, I think, and the impression had never quite worn off.


Recommended by Krista Bremer, Associate Publisher, Circulation & Marketing, who wrote: “This story captures the world according to a nineteen-year-old full of passion and insecurity, and evokes those brief, ecstatic moments of our youth that are seared into our hearts forever.”

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.

Sy Safransky in northern California

You’re invited to join Sy Safransky, editor and publisher of The Sun, for an evening of reading and discussion. Sy 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. Both readings begin at 7:30 p.m.


Most-read this month on www.thesunmagazine.org
  1. Bridging The Green Divide:
    Van Jones On Jobs, Jails, And Environmental Justice

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (March 2008, Issue 387)

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

    Interview by Barbara Platek
    (January 2008, Issue 385)

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

    Interview by Derrick Jensen
    (February 2008, Issue 386)

  5. The Last Time
    Readers Write
    (March 2008, Issue 387)
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