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Selections from the October issue

My Enemy, My Brother:
David Grossman On The Conflict Between Israel And Palestine

Interview by Anna Blackshaw
“If you really want to fight someone, you have to dehumanize him; otherwise it would be too painful. You develop all kinds of distorted psychological mechanisms in order to function in this zone of occupation, of terror, of war.”
Read the interview


Dad For A Day
Essay by Andrew Boyd
Taking parenthood for a test drive.

The Gift Of The Starlings
Fiction by James Charbonneau

Finding Out
About a father’s death, a birth mother’s identity, a spouse’s infidelity.
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives

From the August 1997 issue:

Crossing Borders:
An Interview With Richard Rodriguez

by Scott London

“For me, diversity is not a value. Diversity is what you find in Northern Ireland. Diversity is Beirut. Diversity is brother killing brother. Where diversity is shared  — where I share with you my difference — that can be valuable. But the simple fact that we are unlike each other is a terrifying notion.”

Read the whole interview

Poe Ballantine, an author and Sun contributor, recommends this interview “because Rodriguez is so valiantly eloquent and gloomily humorous, and because he is such a vivid and courageous outsider. This essay in many ways impelled me to live in Mexico. I returned with a Mexican wife.”

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Essay from The Sun selected for The Best Buddhist Writing 2008

James Kullander’s essay “My Marital Status” [December 2007] was selected to appear in The Best Buddhist Writing 2008 (Shambhala Publications). Congratulations to Kullander, who lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and works at the Omega Institute.

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Most-read online this month
  1. Digging In:
    Wendell Berry On Small Farms, Local Wisdom, And The Folly Of Greed

    Interview by Jeff Fearnside
    (July 2008)
  2. Leave The Light On:
    John Records On His Work With Homeless People

    Interview by Marc Polonsky
    (September 2008)
  3. Porches
    Readers Write
    (September 2008)
  4. Favorites From The Archives
    A selection of favorites from The Sun’s back-issue archives
  5. Table For Six Billion, Please:
    Judy Wicks On Her Plan To Change The World, One Restaurant At A Time

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (August 2008)
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