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Selections from the August issue
August 2009 cover

Across The Universe:
Stanislav Grof On Nonordinary States Of Consciousness

“My consciousness catapulted out of my body. I lost the research assistant, I lost the clinic, I lost Prague, I lost the planet. I had the feeling that my consciousness had no boundaries anymore.” 
Interview by Angela Winter

The Closest I’ve Come To God
An addict stumbles toward the divine
Essay by Lois Judson

Fences
Building them, hurdling them, tearing them down
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Eric Anderson and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
Favorite from the archive

From the February 2009 issue:

Final Dispositions
Fiction by Linda McCullough Moore
“My family is deciding what to do with me. I am the oldest sibling. Always have been. I thought the years might mute the effect of that, but nothing so far. I have been, and I remain, the reason why the siblings take each new birthday with some measure of aplomb: Well, I’m still four, seven, fourteen years younger than her. My age, their comfort.”

The Sun’s administrative assistant Holly McKinney writes: “I love this story because each time I read it, I walk away with a smile on my face and a swollen heart. McCullough Moore’s Margaret is one of the most likeable characters I have ever encountered.” 

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A co-owner of a New York City digital-media firm contemplates altruism, self-interest, and the importance of motivation after discovering David Kupfer’s interview with Judy Wicks [“Table for Six Billion, Please,” August 2008] while on vacation in Vermont.

Salon.com advice columnist Cary Tennis points a disillusioned volunteer to David Cook’s interview with Tim Wise [“By the Color of Their Skin,” July 2009]. Meanwhile, a young mother in Asheville, North Carolina, reflects on the interview and considers how her marriage to a Hispanic man has affected her thinking about white privilege.

Reacting to a Toni Morrison quote [Sunbeams, July 2009], a legal assistant in Jackson, Mississippi, discusses racism, discrimination, and the difficulties that “hyphenated minorities” continue to face in America.

A novelist in Raleigh, North Carolina, ruminates on examples of everyday courage after running across an essay by former waitress Alison Clement [“They Always Call You ‘Miss’,” March 2005].

A Sun contributor in Amsterdam finds a publisher for her memoir and faces some unexpected fears while quietly celebrating her good fortune.

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The Sun in Big Sur

Into The Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Join Sun readers, authors, and staff — including editor and publisher Sy Safransky — for a weekend of investigating our lives through the written word. The Sun’s fall gathering will be held on October 30–November 1 at Esalen, a retreat center situated on twenty-seven acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline. A large enrollment is expected; we recommend registering soon by contacting the Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920, (831) 667-3005, www.esalen.org.

Most-read on our website
  1. By The Color Of Their Skin:
    Tim Wise On The Myth Of A Postracial America

    Interview by David Cook
    (July 2009)
  2. Choosing Sides
    Readers Write
    (July 2009)
  3. To The One-Legged Homeless Woman In The Pouring Rain
    Poetry by Teddy Macker
    (July 2009)
  4. Computing The Cost:
    Nicholas Carr On How The Internet Is Rewiring Our Brains

    Interview by Arnie Cooper
    (March 2009)
  5. Archipelagoes
    Essay by Rochelle Smith
    (July 2009)
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