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Selections from the August issue

And Justice For All: Sister Helen Prejean On Why The Death Penalty Is Wrong
“Jesus was executed because he was an insurrectionist and troublemaker. I see the cross as a banner of resistance, a call to end suffering and reject the kind of theology that says God is pleased with pain and blood sacrifices. I don’t believe in that kind of God.”
Interview by David Cook

Just Shoot Me
When a father loses his will to live
Essay by John Thorndike

The Last Word
At a job site, in a ninth-grade classroom, outside a church in Moscow
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Essays by Wayne Scott and Doug Crandell, fiction by Greg Ames and Susan Straight, poetry by Joseph Bathanti, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
The Sun Magazine, September 2007Saturn Is The Biggest Planet On Earth
Essay by Frances Lefkowitz
[September 2007]

“ ‘What do you need to sit fully into your seat?’ the yoga teacher asks us in an earnest, probing voice. ‘To sit fully into your pose, into yourself, into your life?’ she continues, as we sit on our mats and try to figure out what she’s talking about. Then she instructs us to bow and ‘dedicate the energy of your practice’ to someone. I wonder: is dedicating my practice to someone the same thing as praying for them? I wiggle my butt on the little, round meditation pillow, trying to sit fully into it, and decide to dedicate my practice to my younger brother, who has just been ‘transitioned’ out of his job.”


Sun contributor Alison Luterman writes: “Lefkowitz breaks down the questions of class and work and money into recognizable details: the clothes we wear, how we shop for groceries. The way the author’s niece just makes up facts as she needs them is hilarious, touching, and a wonderful metaphor for the way in which reality can be shaped according to who is telling the story.”

Announcing a new book from The Sun
Announcing a new book from The Sun: Paper LanternsPaper Lanterns
More Quotations from the Back Pages of The Sun

In this eclectic new collection of Sunbeams you’ll find words that inspire as well as challenge; that celebrate the beauty around us without ignoring the injustices in our midst.

272 pages (softcover)
Ships August 2

Read the introduction
Browse the table of contents

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What bloggers are saying

The president of the Institute for Humane Education writes about frustrations with public schools and a July Readers Write entry on pretending in the classroom.

A Washington, D.C., writer shares her thoughts on “the art of aging” in response to her mother’s sixtieth birthday and last month’s Favorite from the Archive, “Old Soul,” by Genie Zeiger [August 2000].

Gillian Kendall’s “Not Another Word” [July 2010] helps a writer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, curb her own habit of “automatic” writing.

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