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Selections from the September issue
The Sun Magazine | September 2011

The Sun Interview

Environmental Heretic: Stewart Brand On Nuclear Energy, Genetically Modified Foods, And Climate Change
“If climate change is as serious as environmentalists are saying, then our responses to it need to be effective in the time we have. . . . That’s why nuclear power, which doesn’t create much carbon pollution, looks good to me.”
By Arnie Cooper

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Conversations With A Tree
He asks, she answers
By Sparrow

It Takes A Village To Please My Mother
A daughter plays host in Laos
By Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

A Zen Zealot Comes Home
An annual test of faith
By Shozan Jack Haubner


“I didn’t want to watch, but I couldn’t stop. I had never seen ugly people kiss. Every few minutes they tore into each other, groping like lunatics.”
By Tim Melley

When Mystical Creatures Attack!
“How The Unicorn Stabbed Juan Ramirez In The Heart Seven Times, Which Is What He Deserves For Breaking Up With Me Like That” and other stories from sophomore English class
By Kathleen Founds


Please Don’t
By Tony Hoagland

Readers Write

Of flying saucers, of mass layoffs, of hope
Personal stories by our readers


“If we had a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation. Whoever concerns himself with big technology, either to push it forward or to stop it, is gambling in human lives.”

Freeman Dyson

Favorite from the archive
Favorite from the archives | June 1984Judaism’s Mystical Heart: An Interview With Dovid Din
By Howard Jay Rubin
[June 1984]

“Judaism is very concerned with the natural rhythms of things, and is therefore prepared to deal with all the realities of life, like crying children, and the pulse of family life. It insists on family life, and is very cautious of the ascetic or celibate life — which may be an important route, but it’s not real.”


This story appears in the anthology Stubborn Light: The Best Of The Sun, Volume III

What bloggers are saying

A writer and editor in Ontario, Canada, cites Arnie Cooper’s interview with Stewart Brand as an example of “genuine political truth-telling.” [“Environmental Heretic,” September 2011]

A graduate student in Durham, North Carolina, fears listening to her dreams, as Marc Ian Barasch advises in the August 2011 interview by Barbara Platek, “What Did You Dream Last Night?

An anthropologist doing fieldwork in Tanzania took the May 2010 issue of The Sun with him. The interview by Liz Crain, “Countertop Culture: Something Is Fermenting In Sandor Katz's Kitchen,” inspired him to try his own “controlled rotting” experiments.

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