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Selections from the June issue
The Sun Magazine | June 2011

The Sun Interview

Against The Grain: Peter Coyote On Buddhism, Capitalism, And The Enduring Legacy Of The Sixties
“There is no exact line between inside and outside, or between self and other. . . . Show me where the world ends and you begin.”
By David Kupfer

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

You Are Not Pretty
Learning the real meaning of beauty
By Krista Bremer

Dear Sugar
Advice for the adventurous
By Sugar

My Mother’s Burning Body
Keeping the old ways of dying alive
By Jaed Muncharoen Coffin


Carolina Mill, 1932
“Springs Industries operated mills across both Carolinas, offering families like mine steady employment in a time when drought and heavy mortgages were breaking the backs of farmers, many of whom traded an uncertain, hardscrabble life for a guaranteed weekly paycheck and the clatter and clank of the machines.”
By Jon Sealy


Previous Love
By Keith Althaus

Readers Write

Rites Of Passage
Getting fired, losing one’s virginity, ending a marriage
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“I used to worship the face in the mirror. He was the only god around. Year after year I made my sacrifice. Year after year he looked at me and frowned.”

“Don’t laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.”

Logan Pearsall Smith

Favorite from the archive
The Sun Magazine | Favorite from the Archive: September 1983Sharing History, With Rufus
Essay by John Rosenthal
[September 1983]

“Watching Rufus put me in the habit of watching simple things. Perhaps this was her greatest gift to me. Eventually I was to become a photographer and would learn by looking through a lens that there are only simple things to look at, that is, what the self can simply see; but in 1969 I still believed that the exciting things of this world were external, and that by virtue of fame or power one could achieve this excitement. In a way, then, watching Rufus was a kind of apprenticeship to that idea of reality which, as an artist, would become my only idea of reality: that unless we insist upon the universal significance of our own private lives (its pleasures and sorrows), we are doomed to remain subject to the laws of boredom and categorization by which politicians and tv anchormen keep us enthralled.”


This essay appears in the anthology A Bell Ringing In The Empty Sky: The Best Of The Sun, Volume I

What bloggers are saying

A professor and editor in New Jersey reexamines his definition of “local” while listening to a Dodgers game on the radio. He wonders, like Wendell Berry in a July 2008 interview [“Digging In: Wendell Berry On Small Farms, Local Wisdom, And The Folly Of Greed,” by Jeff Fearnside], whether technology can bring us closer together.

A blogger in New Zealand uses an excerpt from Barbara Hurd’s essay “Dissonance” [May 2011], to connect his thoughts on empathy, tedium, and mindfulness.

For a consultant in Nebraska, the May Readers Write on “Shoes” includes important lessons about being on the receiving end of help.

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A weekend with The Sun in California
A weekend with The Sun in CaliforniaInto The Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
   Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
    October 21–23

We invite you to join Sun authors Chris Bursk, Frances Lefkowitz, Alison Luterman, Cary Tennis, and Theresa Williams, along with editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for a lively weekend of conversation, reflection, and inspiration. The gathering will be held at Esalen, a retreat center situated on twenty-seven acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline.

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