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Selections from the September issue
September 2010

The Sun Interview

Quiet Please: Gordon Hempton On The Search For Silence In A Noisy World
“When I’m in a place where I’m able to hear for a thousand square miles – such as in the Kalahari Desert – that’s transformative. In silence like that we remember our genetic roots, our purpose, and our connection to all things.”
By Leslee Goodman

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

There’s No Such Thing As A Free Association
A father who won’t talk and a mother who won’t stop
By Lad Tobin

Across The River
A woman returns to the divided city of her birth
By Nikolina Kulidžan


The Clothes He Wore
“Normally I wouldn’t have found them, because I am an exceptionally lazy housekeeper.”
By Josie Charlotte Jackson

The World In Red
“Immediately after the funeral, Floreta fled for the coast.”
By Theresa Williams


Cold Solace
By Anna Belle Kaufman

Readers Write

A teenager’s nose job, a grandmother’s hair, a boy who loves dresses
Personal stories by our readers


Paper Lanterns
The introduction to our new book of quotations
By Sy Safransky

“If you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you’re quiet, you’re not living.”

Mel Brooks

Favorite from the archives
October 1996 coverWhat We Came For
Fiction by Alison Luterman
[October 1996]

“They had to wait a long time for the harvest to begin. Gerard talked to Kate of nothing else for weeks. He imagined the two of them working their way across Canada, then down the West Coast of the U.S., picking fruit and living like gypsies.”


Senior Editor Andrew Snee recommends this short story. He writes: “Alison Luterman shows us how youthful idealism can shatter against hard reality. Her protagonist, Kate, suffers disillusionment with the romance of an itinerant life when her Parisian communist boyfriend attempts to cheat their capitalist bosses and gets caught. It will make you think, the next time you eat a strawberry, about the person who picked it.”

Announcing Paper Lanterns, our new book of Sunbeams
Paper Lanterns: More Quotations from the Back Pages of The SunPaper Lanterns
More Quotations From The Back Pages Of The Sun

In this provocative 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)

Read the introduction
Browse the table of contents

What bloggers are saying

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David Cook’s interview with Sister Helen Prejean [“And Justice for All,” August 2010] prompts a South Carolina attorney to share his thoughts on the local death-penalty debate and his respect for attorneys who “stand in the way of the freight trains in this fight.”

An Acme, Washington, writer describes her experience of being “wildly and increasingly glad,” which reminds her of Angela Winter’s interview with Barbara Fredrickson, “The Science of Happiness” [May 2009].

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