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Selections from the July issue
July 2009 issue

By The Color Of Their Skin:
Tim Wise On The Myth Of A Postracial America

“I refer to today’s racism as ‘Racism 2.0.’ It’s the kind that says we like black and brown people – if they are enough like us. We like Obama because he ‘transcends race.’ This is a much more subtle kind of racism.”
Interview by David Cook

A Caribbean woman traces her roots
Essay by Rochelle Smith

Choosing Sides
On the playground, at a family gathering, in a war
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Teddy Macker and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
November 1998 issue

From the November 1998 issue:

The Mayfly Glimmer Before Last Call
Fiction by Poe Ballantine
“At the river bar I was feeling so good and strange and wild that I tried to call my girl, who was like Venus — not the goddess of love and beauty, but the planet: nine hundred degrees in the shade, with poisonous clouds and no life. But I loved her or needed her or was trying to change her or was paying dues for a crime in a past life, or she was like the alcohol, just another drug called self-destruction.”

The Sun’s associate publisher Krista Bremer recommends this story. She says: “Poe Ballantine writes about the ragged intersection of substance abuse, longing, and despair with extraordinary insight and humor. Like the drugs his characters so voraciously consume, his writing is intoxicating, mind-altering, and dangerously addictive.” 

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    Readers Write
    (June 2009)
  2. What Jesus Would Do:
    John Dear On Nonviolence, Civil Disobedience, And Doing Time

    Interview by John Malkin
    (June 2009)
  3. The Science Of Happiness:
    Barbara Fredrickson On Cultivating Positive Emotions

    Interview by Angela Winter
    (May 2009)
  4. The Lake
    Poetry by Michael Hettich
    (June 2009)
  5. Computing The Cost:
    Nicholas Carr On How The Internet Is Rewiring Our Brains

    Interview by Arnie Cooper
    (March 2009)
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