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Selections from the July issue
July 2010 issue

Between Two Worlds: Malidoma Somé On Rites Of Passage
“There’s an African saying: ‘If we go forward, we die; if we go backward, we die. So let’s go forward and die.’ ”
Interview by Leslee Goodman

Not Another Word
No talking, no sex, no writing
Essay by Gillian Kendall



Pretending
With a nosy grandmother, an adulterous father, a bored girlfriend
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Mark Irwin, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives

The Dead Book
By Jane Churchon [February 2009]

“I like to take my time when I pronounce someone dead. The bare-minimum requirement is one minute with a stethoscope pressed to someone’s chest, listening for a sound that is not there; with my fingers bearing down on the side of someone’s neck, feeling for an absent pulse; with a flashlight beamed into someone’s fixed and dilated pupils, waiting for the constriction that will not come.”

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Former Sun proofreader Brent Winter writes: “ ‘The Dead Book’ is written from the clear-eyed, unsentimental perspective of a nurse whose job it is to pronounce patients dead in a hospital. Jane Churchon’s intelligence and compassion shine through every cleanly written line of this gentle yet compelling essay.”

Churchon’s essay has also been selected to appear in The Best American Essays 2010 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Click here for details.

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A student of Zen writes in Ode Magazine about the benefits of dropping out of the “bigger, better, faster” corporate life in favor of slowing down, as discussed in Thea Sullivan’s interview with Woody Tasch, “Prophet of Modest Profit” [June 2010]. A contributor to the Super Eco website also writes about the virtues of “slow money.”

A photographer reflects on her own risk-taking in light of the June Readers Write on taking chances.

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A mother and tenured professor who attended our “Into the Fire" gathering in Rowe, Massachusetts, shares her experience of being a student again.

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