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Selections from the current issue

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

Like Wandering Ghosts:
Edward Tick On How The U.S. Fails Its Returning Soldiers

Interview by David Kupfer

Edward Tick began counseling Vietnam veterans in the 1970s, at a time when the nation was trying to put the Vietnam War behind it and post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) wasn't yet a diagnostic category. Since then he has treated veterans of numerous conflicts, from the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s to the Iraq War of today.

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These Dark Woods
Essay by Poe Ballantine

When my son Tom was born, I was surprised that there was nothing physically wrong with him. I suppose this is the reaction of many first-time older parents. Proud and relieved to have a “normal” child, I had no aspirations for my son to become an artist or to graduate from Harvard or to conquer India. All I wanted for him was good health, sanity, and a shot at being whatever he desired to be.

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Everything, All At Once
Fiction by Austin Bunn

“I have lichen,” my mother says. “On my vagina.”

What am I supposed to do? I am her daughter.

“Lichen is a woods thing,” I say over the phone. “A hiking thing.”

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Plus: Readers Write on Patriotism, poetry by Steve Kowit, and Sunbeams

This month's favorite from the archives

From the September 2002 issue:

The Love Of My Life
Essay by Cheryl Strayed

The first time I cheated on my husband, my mother had been dead for exactly one week. I was in a cafe in Minneapolis watching a man. He watched me back.

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Alison Luterman, a poet, writing teacher, and Sun contributor, recommends this essay “because of the way Strayed combines grief, sexuality, humor, toughness, and surprise. I use the essay all the time when I teach. It never fails to grab students by the lapels and shake them up.”

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.

Writing from The Sun wins the Pushcart Prize

Three essays published in The Sun were recently awarded the Pushcart Prize, which honors exceptional writing from America’s small presses. Authors receiving this honor were Akhim Yuseff Cabey [“Bang, Bang, in a Boy Voice,” July 2007], Brenda Miller [“Blessing of the Animals,” November 2007], and our very own Krista Bremer [“My Accidental Jihad,” October 2007], an associate publisher at The Sun. The essays will be published next year in the anthology Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses. Our congratulations to the authors.

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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)
  2. Favorites from the Archives
    A selection of favorites from The Sun’s back-issue archives
  3. Pilgrimage To Nowhere
    Essay by Andrew Boyd
    (May 2008)
  4. Both Sides Of The Street:
    Connie Rice Lays Down The Law To Cops And Gangs

    Interview by Diane Lefer
    (April 2008)
  5. Stealing
    Readers Write
    (April 2008)
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