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Selections from the April issue
April 2010 issue

The Bright Green City:
Alex Steffen’s Optimistic Environmentalism

“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.”
Interview by Arnie Cooper

Submit To Mother India
Lost among the rickshaws
Essay by Andrew Boyd

20, 40, 60, 80
A tribute to longtime Sun contributor Genie Zeiger

The Beach
Studying the tides, playing Aquaman, hunting for a make-out spot
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Lisa Bellamy, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
November 1983 issue

Going Against The Dragon:
An Interview With Robert Bly

By Sy Safransky [November 1983]

“The light tone of the new age often implies that all you need to do is to meditate twenty minutes a day and if something negative appears ‘bring it up and bathe it in the heart radiance.’ I hear revolting statements like that every day delivered with full confidence.”


This essay appears in the anthology A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky: The Best of The Sun, Volume I.

What’s your favorite piece from The Sun? Tell us, and we may include your suggestion on our website and in our newsletter.

Weekends with Sun authors
Weekends with Sun authors

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 21–23 at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts, and the other on October 22–24 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

Online registration is now available; click here for details. Spaces fill quickly, so we recommend registering soon.

What bloggers are saying

A biochemist and poet in Dayton, Ohio, discusses D. Patrick Miller’s interview with Tim Farrington [“Till Morning Comes,” March 2010] in light of her own experiences with depression and writing.

An OB-GYN in Santa Cruz, California, reflects on domestic violence, therapy, and “the hopes one has for social solutions” after she reads selections from the January 2010 issue [“Constellations,” essay by Megan Kruse, “The Sweet and the Salt,” fiction by Tatjana Soli, and “Narrow Escapes,” Readers Write].

A yoga instructor in San Francisco relishes Sy Safransky’s account of one of the more difficult days in his meditation practice [“Sy Safransky’s Notebook,” March 2010].

A writer recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome appreciates a quote by Philip Slater about despair and the surrendering of one’s illusions [“Sunbeams,” March 2010].

On a rainy, wind-blown evening a journalist in Vancouver, Washington, finds comfort in Frances Lefkowitz’s essay “Go Fly a Kite” [February 2010].

Are Sun readers meeting in your area?

Nearly 150 groups of Sun readers meet regularly to discuss the latest issue of the magazine, or write, or both. Groups have recently formed in:

Birmingham, Alabama
Denver, Colorado
Cambridge, Maryland
Addison, Texas
Vancouver, BC, Canada

To view the complete list of Sun groups, or to start your own, click here.

Join The Sun in Denver, Colorado, on April 10
AWP 2010

The Sun will host two readings on Saturday, April 10, during the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Denver, Colorado.

The first reading is open to registered conference participants only. Editor and publisher Sy Safransky and Sun authors Steve Almond, Ellen Bass, Akhim Yuseff Cabey, Frances Lefkowitz, and Alison Luterman will read at 1:30 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 203.

The second reading is open to the public. Admission is free; seating is limited. Sy Safransky, Lee Martin, Ruth Schwartz, and Heather Sellers will read at 5 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver, Colorado.

The Sun will also have a booth at the AWP Bookfair, which is open to the public on Saturday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can find Sun staff in the Colorado Convention Center (Exhibit Hall A, Booth 110), 700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado.

We hope you’ll join us.

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