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Selections from the March issue
March 2009 issue

Computing The Cost:
Nicholas Carr On How The Internet Is Rewiring Our Brains

Interview by Arnie Cooper
“As we increasingly connect with the world through computer screens, we’re removing ourselves from direct sensory contact with nature. In other words, we’re learning to substitute symbols of reality for reality itself.”
Read the whole interview


All Of Me
Confessions from the grand dame of binge
Essay by Patricia Brieschke

(Un)Happy Meals
Layoffs and day-old McMuffins
Essay by Doug Crandell

The Dinner Table
In a prison cell, at Grandmother’s house, atop a swaying boxcar
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Lou Lipsitz and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
August 2006 issue

From the August 2006 issue:

Under The Apple Tree
Fiction by Laura Pritchett
“When Joe left me sitting under the apple tree and started to walk across the meadow toward my trailer, he looked back and waved, and then walked on, and then he did a complete circle with his arms out, like he was embracing the world. That made me laugh, because he was so happy and willing to show it.”
Read the whole story

Sun reader Brenda Nelson writes: “I love this story because it’s sensual, erotic, and filled with unbearable longing. Every so often I reread it just for the high.” 

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Announcing a new book from The Sun
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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 book-obsessed psychotherapist in California puts herself on an Internet diet after reading Arnie Cooper’s interview with Nicholas Carr [“Computing the Cost,” March 2009].

An environmentalist and journalism student in Kansas discusses food sustainability and David Kupfer’s interview with Judy Wicks [“Table for Six Billion, Please,” August 2008] with her classmates.

The Guardian’s Stuart Evers writes that he’s fallen in love with Poe Ballantine’s writing, admits his preference for American English, and asks why the British are so fascinated with U.S. literature. Verbal fisticuffs promptly break out in the comments section.

A writer and grandmother in Ohio reads The Sun on a quiet, snowy morning and contemplates submitting her work.

A food enthusiast in Texas rejoices at receiving her copy of the March issue in the mail.

Weekends with Sun authors
Breakfast at a Sun gathering

Into The Fire
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Join Sun authors, readers, and staff — including 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.

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Most-read on our website
  1. In The Jester’s Court:
    Paul Krassner On The Virtues Of Irreverence, Indecency, And Illegal Drugs

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (February 2009)
  2. Instructions
    Readers Write
    (February 2009)
  3. The Dead Book
    Essay by Jane Churchon
    (February 2009)
  4. How To Bury A Dog
    Essay by Holly Ann Hyde
    (February 2003)
  5. I Am Not A Sex Goddess
    Essay by Lois Judson
    (January 2009)
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