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Selections from the July issue
The Sun Magazine | July 2011

The Sun Interview

The Voices Inside Their Heads: Gail Hornstein’s Approach To Understanding Madness
“My belief that I’ve learned more about psychology from mental patients than from anyone else is certainly an unpopular position for someone with a PhD in psychology to take.”
By Tracy Frisch

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Not Suitable For Children
A haunted mother’s haunted house
By Doug Crandell

Guidelines For Mountain-Lion Safety
Navigating the perils of childhood
By Poe Ballantine

Stuck With Fred
Until the very end
By Heather King


His Mrs. K
The agitated mind of a manic husband
By Dwight Yates

“It was a car accident, of course, the most common of contemporary tragedies. And there was no way she could reasonably blame him (the other driver’s fault, totally, as confirmed by multiple eyewitnesses, not to mention a silver-haired judge’s ruling and an insurance board’s unanimous decision), but sometimes she did blame him, later, when exhaustion and doubt got the best of her.”
By Andrew Roe


The Only Empty Place
By Richard Lehnert

Readers Write

With a child over a nap, with a neighbor over a cat, with a husband over the dishes
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“Time: what a fickle lover! No sooner do we arrive at a perfect moment than she has to be on her way. With her it’s always something: a new day, a new decade. There’s nothing she can do about it, Time insists as she slips out the door. ”

“A broken leg can be remembered and located: ‘It hurt right below my knee, it throbbed, I felt sick at my stomach.’ But mental pain is remembered the way dreams are remembered — in fragments, unbidden realizations, like looking into a well and seeing the dim reflection of your face in that instant before the water shatters.”

Tracy Thompson

Favorite from the archive
Favorite from the archives | August 1989Living With The Dying: An Interview With Frank Ostaseski
By Kim Addonizio
[August 1989]

“Finally you understand that he’s frightened at that particular moment, really frightened. He doesn’t want to talk about it and he doesn’t want to process it in some way; he just wants to be numb; he wants to watch Wheel of Fortune as a way of momentarily distracting himself. What business do I have to try to get him to pay attention to his death? My usefulness right then is to serve, to meet him where he is. If he’s distracted, great, I’ll be there with him. I’ll provide the open space if he wants to talk. And if he doesn’t, that’s ok too.”


Recommended by: Luc Saunders, Sun Editorial Associate
Why he likes it: “Death is a topic that alternately intrigues and frightens me. When I’m thinking about it, I’m usually preoccupied with my own inevitable demise. But in this interview Frank Ostaseski gives straightforward, heartfelt instruction on how to open oneself to others near the end of their lives and how to approach and honor the dying process in all its mysterious glory. A wonderful lesson in, literally, how to care.”

What bloggers are saying

A journalist who attended this year’s “Into the Fire” gathering in Rowe, Massachusetts, leaves the event with “a feeling that within any of us is the capacity to write powerful words.”

With the summer solstice looming, a Portland writer and astrologer shares her thoughts on transitional moments, including the stages of initiation discussed in “Between Two Worlds: Malidoma Somé on Rites of Passage,” an interview by Leslee Goodman [July 2010].

An artist writes about her fears of living without health insurance. She finds Peter Coyote's discussion [“Against the Grain,” interview by David Kupfer, June 2011] of the crumbling infrastructure in the United States especially relevant to her current dilemma.

Most read on our site
  1. Against The Grain: Peter Coyote On Buddhism, Capitalism, And The Enduring Legacy Of The Sixties
    By David Kupfer
    (June 2011)
  2. You Are Not Pretty
    Essay by Krista Bremer
    (June 2011)
  3. Rites Of Passage
    Personal stories by our readers
    (June 2011)
  4. Dear Sugar
    Essay by Sugar
    (June 2011)
  5. Sunbeams
    Quotes about language and poetry
    (December 2010)
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.

The Sun is offering two full scholarships to aspiring or established writers who would benefit from this retreat but are unable to afford it.

Click here for details.

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