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Selections from the August issue
The Sun Magazine | August 2011

The Sun Interview

What Did You Dream Last Night? Marc Ian Barasch On What The Psyche Is Trying To Tell Us
“I think the expression ‘only a dream’ is pernicious. We receive deep wisdom from dreams all the time. The question is whether we listen to them.”
By Barbara Platek

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Lily In Darkness
Dreaming of escape as the water rises
By Poe Ballantine

My Anti-Zen Zen
A father of three embraces the chaos
By Chris Dombrowski


Be Near Me
“Oh, what a perfect morning. And then the telephone.”
By Josie Charlotte Jackson

Her Name Was The Whippoorwill
“By his accounting, he had been in love exactly four times, and each time it had been like falling off a roof: there was a surprise at first, and then he was gone.”
By Christian Zwahlen


By Eric Paul Shaffer

Readers Write

Paying Attention
In a blackout, on a hike, beside a dying parent’s bed
Personal stories by our readers


“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.”

Jack Kerouac

Favorite from the archive
Favorite from the archives | March 1983News From El Corazón: In The Composing Room
Fiction by Pat Ellis Taylor
[March 1983]

“Didn’t I tell you? she asks the black man, who has been leaning on the truck in the same position through the whole encounter, the lord provides. And I don’t correct her there, we will resort to abstracts like that the rest of the night to cover up our shyness at this strange situation: stranger asks other strangers to move into her house, a city act as strong as street sex, more easily talked about when veiled in euphemism and depersonalized, so that paula isn’t really paula but the voice that cried out, the one in need, the little-lost-lamb, so that pat the person came down from her balcony and entered the story as the lord and pushed the wheel of paula’s crossed stars and wrote the address down for the next installment of paula’s karma.”


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

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A poet responds in verse to Tracy Frisch’s interview with Gail Hornstein on understanding madness [“The Voices Inside Their Heads,” July 2011].

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Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
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October 21–23, 2011

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