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Selections from the April issue
The Sun Magazine | April 2011

The Sun Interview

Fighting With Another Purpose: Veteran Paul Chappell On The Need To End War
“Anyone who thinks ending war is naive hasn’t put enough thought into it. What’s naive is to think that wars can continue and humanity will survive.”
By Leslee Goodman

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Two Wrongs
Battling it out with a rooster
By Sybil Smith

Reading Isaiah In Chiapas
A Christian activist discovers he’s no savior
By Fred Bahnson


CJ The Prince
“There are still candles on the sidewalk where they shot him in the head two months ago — the big frosted-glass kind with Jesus on the side that you can buy at the Mexican grocery for ninety-nine cents.”
By Daniel Larson

All Their Riches
America through the eyes of a refugee
By David Yost


To The Tender
By Kristen Tracy

Readers Write

The Back Door
Sneaking in, running out, peering through
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“Let the minutes show that I’m here, that I braved a none-too-happy childhood; legal drugs, illegal drugs; organized religion, disorganized religion; toothaches, stomachaches, the occasional headache, plenty of heartache; the death of my father, the death of my mother, the death of my infant son; three marriages, two divorces, and a long and utterly impractical love affair with myself.”

“All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and who therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.”

Emma Goldman

Favorite from the archive
The Sun Magazine | Favorite from the Archive: November 2009Georgie's Big Break
Fiction by Monica Drake
[November 2009]

“From the day Georgie signed on until the day of the event — as she changed diapers and sang songs and read board books; as she got up three times a night to nurse Elana back to sleep and then sat around in a daze, eating too many chocolate-chip cookies, reading the New Yorker, and letting the baby tug on her tit — she’d daydream about who she might be assigned to introduce: a writer, an editor, a theorist, a filmmaker.”


Sun managing editor Tim McKee writes: “ ‘Georgie’s Big Break’ is a witty story that also examines a serious theme: how women integrate work into their lives after the birth of a child. Drake captures a perfect moment of desperation when a writer with a newborn tries to stay relevant in the literary world by volunteering at a book festival.”

The story was recently adapted into a short film. For more information, visit the film's Facebook page or watch the trailer online.

What bloggers are saying

A writer in New York admires the “fun, clever, and nimble concept” of “The Great Bewilderment: Reading Captin JJC the Feirce,” by Gregory Martin [March 2011], particularly the way the essay’s framework allows the author to reveal his thoughts on the writing process and literary criticism.

Photographer Mark Chester reveals how a happy accident put him in a position to take the photo that accompanies “Buy One, Get One Free: A Journal of My Presidential Campaign,” by Sparrow [December 2008].

An ethnographer and writer in California finds inspiration in the excerpt from “Sonny’s Blues,” by James Baldwin, featured on the Dog-Eared Page [March 2011]. He discusses the challenges of writing about music.

Most read on our site
  1. A Joyful Noise: Krishna Das On Chanting The Names Of God
    Interview by Alexis Adams
    (March 2011)
  2. Singing
    Personal stories by our readers
    (March 2011)
  3. Six Lost Books
    Essay by Sparrow
    (March 2011)
  4. World Enough And Time
    Fiction by Linda McCullough Moore
    (March 2011)
  5. Buy One, Get One Free: A Journal Of My Presidential Campaign
    Essay by Sparrow
    (December 2008)
A weekend with The Sun in Massachusetts
A weekend with The Sun in MassachusettsInto the Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

   Rowe Conference Center,
   Rowe, Massachusetts
   June 3–5, 2011

We invite you to join Sun authors Michelle Cacho-Negrete, Doug Crandell, Gillian Kendall, and Sparrow, along with editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for a lively weekend of conversation, reflection, and inspiration. The gathering will be held at Rowe, a retreat center situated on fifty acres of lush woodland in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Click here for details.

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