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Selections from the May issue
May 2010 issue

Countertop Culture:
Something Is Fermenting In Sandor Katz’s Kitchen

“Everybody could be growing a couple of tomato plants or some herbs in their window. It helps us break out of this infantile role of consumers who expect someone else to do everything for us.”
Interview by Liz Crain

Eat Your Dreams
The ultimate diet
Essay by Sparrow

Bingeing on candy, making molasses, choosing chocolate over sex
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Lyn Lifshin and Sunbeams

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Favorite from the archives
August 2006 issue

The Frog Prince
Fiction by Bruce Holland Rogers [August 2006]

“For the first hundred years at the bottom of the well, the frog prince rehearsed his memoir. It went like this: He was born into a sweet life of silks and pastries. Then one day this humpbacked hag of a peasant came to plead her case before the king. What did she want? He couldn’t remember. Something trivial. But if the king had granted every trivial wish of every pleading peasant . . . well, the wishes wouldn’t be so trivial in total, would they?”


Sun contributor Michelle Cacho-Negrete writes: “I love this story because it incorporates the essentials of Buddhism into an accessible, readable, moving piece. With few words Rogers expresses the essence of being a bodhisattva and dedicating oneself to the service of others and the world.”

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What bloggers are saying

Arnie Cooper’s interview with Alex Steffen [“The Bright Green City,” April 2010] elicits comments from a sustainability activist in Philadelphia, a writer in Chicago, a filmmaker in Vancouver, and Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education.

Eight thousand writers converge in Denver, Colorado, for the Association for Writers & Writing Programs Conference, where The Sun hosts two readings. Authors from New York, Colorado, California, and Arizona blog about their experiences.

A librarian and father of two in New Jersey explains why Hannah Tennant-Moore’s essay “By Song, Not Album” [August 2009] may be the “least believable nonfiction piece” he has ever read.

After waking up cranky and in pain, a health-and-nutrition counselor in Oceanport, New Jersey, reads a poem by Sybil Smith [“I’m Going to Quit Smoking,” October 2005] and reflects on how she’s been neglecting her body.

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.

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