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Selections from the February issue
February 2009 issue

In The Jester’s Court:
Paul Krassner On The Virtues Of Irreverence, Indecency, And Illegal Drugs

Interview by David Kupfer
“English is my second language. Laughter is my first.”
Read the interview

The Dead Book

After a patient’s last breath
Essay by Jane Churchon

Final Dispositions
Fiction by Linda McCullough Moore

For writing a poem, for standing up to a bully, for making homemade jam
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Yehoshua November, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
February 2003 issue

From the February 2003 issue:

How To Bury A Dog
Essay by Holly Ann Hyde
“How to bury a dog, to make the decision to terminate life when life becomes too painful to watch, yet continues to look back at you, still able to smile and wag his tail at the smallest of amusements?”
Read the whole essay


Sun reader Zoe Griss-Bush writes: “I read this essay on the bus on the way to high school years ago, and by the end of the story I was sobbing. . . . This story spoke directly to my heart.” 

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The Mysterious Life Of The Heart:
Writing From The Sun About Passion, Longing, And Love

In fifty personal essays, short stories, and poems that originally appeared in the The Sun, some of the magazine's most talented writers explore heartbreak and ecstasy, anger and forgiveness, fleeting crushes and lasting relationships.

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What bloggers are saying

A systems administrator in San Francisco, a photographer in Seattle, and a single mom with a preschooler discuss Leslee Goodman’s interview with Kittisaro and Thanissara [“A Mindful Marriage,” January 2009].

A social-justice activist in San Diego reflects on an interview she discovered while rooting through her back issues of The Sun [“Can the Left Get It Right?” February 2005].

A former Sun reader explains why she stopped subscribing to the magazine.

After reading “Saying Yes” [Readers Write, January 2009], a retired editor in Texas considers some of the times in his life when saying yes carried significant consequences.

Save the date: Sun gatherings in 2009

Join Sun authors and readers, as well as editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for a lively weekend of conversation, reflection, and inspiration. The Sun will host two gatherings this year: one on May 15–17 at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts, and the other on October 30–November 1 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Click here for details.

Most-read on our website this month
  1. I Am Not A Sex Goddess
    Essay by Lois Judson
    (January 2009)
  2. A Mindful Marriage:
    Kittisaro And Thanissara On Celibacy, Sex, And Lasting Love

    Interview by Leslee Goodman
    (January 2009)
  3. Immigrants
    Readers Write
    (November 2008)
  4. Favorites From The Archives
    A selection of favorites from The Sun’s back-issue archives
  5. Saying Yes
    Readers Write
    (January 2009)
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