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Selections from the February issue
The Sun Magazine | February 2012

The Sun Interview

Capitalism And Its Discontents: Richard Wolff On What Went Wrong
“When a system has everybody playing more or less by the rules and achieves the level of dysfunction we have now, it’s time to stop looking for scapegoats and understand that the problem is the system itself.”
By David Barsamian

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Painting The Summer Palace Of The Queen
Invading homes for a living
By Philip Kelly

Real Work
Becoming a man, brick by brick
By Joseph Bathanti

No Ears Have Heard
Profanity in the checkout line
By Lee Martin


It Burns
“ ‘Do it,’ he said, and I hit him as hard as I could — in the chest, in the stomach, in the ribs, over and over until my knuckles were raw.”
By William Black


Citizens Of A Broken City
By Alison Luterman

Readers Write

Warning Signs
Numbness in the chest, beer cans in the car, rage on a wedding day
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“No more procrastinating over whether a particular Notebook entry deserves a berth or needs to walk the plank. It’s nothing personal, I tell a comely paragraph . . . as I grab it by the collar and give a little push. You wanted to live forever, I say. Of course you did. Deathless prose, et cetera. Soon you’ll be a drop in the ocean of God’s love. Don’t ask if it’s dark. Don’t worry that it’s cold.”

“I am having an out-of-money experience.”

Author unknown

Selection from the archive
Selection from the archive | September 2003

Fighting In The Zendo
Essay by Sarah Silbert
[September 2003]
“I entered the zendo to leave my story behind, yet here it is, on my lap, in my head, screaming, arguing, hurting like hell.”

Each month we post a new selection from The Sun’s archives, which date back to 1974. What’s your favorite piece from The Sun and why? Tell us, and we may post your suggestion here.

Writing retreats in 2012

Join Sun authors and readers, as well as editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for one of our lively weekends of writing, reflection, and inspiration. The Sun will host two gatherings this year:

  • June 1–3 at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts
  • October 26–28 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California

If you’d like to attend, please save the dates in your calendar. Details will be available in early February.

Most read on our site
  1. Oh Baby: Ina May Gaskin On The Medicalization Of Birth
    Interview by Pat MacEnulty
    (January 2012)
  2. A Country Where You Once Lived
    Essay by Sheryl St. Germain
    (January 2012)
  3. Hold Everything Lightly And Nothing Will Hurt Us
    Essay by Heather Kirn Lanier
    (January 2012)
  4. Boxes
    Personal stories by our readers
    (January 2012)
  5. Beyond Belief: Jacob Needleman On God Without Religion
    Interview by D. Patrick Miller
    (December 2011)
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