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Selections from the April issue
April 2009 cover

The Good Red Road:
Leslie Gray On Rediscovering America’s Oldest Psychology

“Shamanism has been around for more than forty thousand years and continues to be used by more than 300 million indigenous people in the world today. It’s not just part of the ancient past.”
Interview by Barbara Platek


The Fine Art Of Quitting

“Greatness is in me like peanuts in a PayDay bar. Earnestly and glowingly inebriated at two o’clock in the morning, I tell anyone who will listen that I am going to win the Nobel Prize in literature one day. All I need is something to write about.” 
Essay by Poe Ballantine

In one’s mother, after a brutal attack, before the planes hit the towers
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Ellen Bass and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
April 1991 cover

From the April 1991 issue:

The Myth Of Therapy:
An Interview With James Hillman

“What one feels is very important, but how do we connect therapy’s concerns about feeling with the disorder of the world, especially the political world? As this preoccupation with feeling has grown, our sense of political engagement has dropped off.”
Interview by Sy Safransky

This interview appears in the anthology Stubborn Light: The Best of The Sun, Volume III.

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The Mysterious Life of the Heart

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What bloggers are saying

An educator in Michigan and a sex columnist in Montreal discuss Arnie Cooper’s interview with Nicholas Carr [“Computing the Cost,” March 2009].

Readers of Nicholas Carr's blog Rough Type praise and argue about his interview in the comments section.

A yoga teacher in Chicago reflects on Wendell Berry’s essay “Why I Am Not Going To Buy A Computer” [March 2009].

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Most-read on our website
  1. Computing The Cost:
    Nicholas Carr On How The Internet Is Rewiring Our Brains

    Interview by Arnie Cooper
    (March 2009)
  2. The Dinner Table
    Readers Write
    (March 2009)
  3. All Of Me
    Essay by Patricia Brieschke
    (March 2009)
  4. Under The Apple Tree
    Fiction by Laura Pritchett
    (August 2006)
  5. In The Jester’s Court:
    Paul Krassner On The Virtues Of Irreverence, Indecency, And Illegal Drugs

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (February 2009)
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