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Selections from the March issue
The Sun Magazine | March 2012

The Sun Interview

Side Effects May Include: Christopher Lane On What’s Wrong With Modern Psychiatry
“What does it mean to have a sedated population? Do we want our citizens to be so tranquilized that they can’t anticipate risk, including in the housing and stock markets? That they’re not sensitive to the risks of declaring war on another country?”
By Arnie Cooper

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Tick Tick Boom
Anatomies of self-destruction
By Ryan Berg


A Castle In Outer Space
An unintended trip to the planet Nectary
By Cynthia Weiner


After the e-mail saying you forgave me
By Ralph Earle

Readers Write

Making them, breaking them, being saved by them
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“As far as I can tell, Jesus’s injunction to love one another didn’t come with qualifications about a person’s criminal record or, for that matter, the so-called lesser offenses for which we’re never prosecuted.”

“We are, perhaps uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.”

Lewis Thomas

Selection from the archive
The Sun Magazine | January 2001

Next To Godliness: The Story Behind Dr. Bronner’s Soap — An Interview With Ralph Bronner
Interview by Gail Grenier Sweet
[January 2001]
“A few times a month, I’m asked whether we’re a New Age religion or a cult. Well, we’re not, or if we are, we have no members. Our family is running a soap business based on Dad’s teachings. All he did is what any religious person does: he read the great works . . . and picked what he liked. His theology was a sort of cosmic soup. . . . He saw his soap as one way of getting his message across.”

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.

A weekend with The Sun in Massachusetts
A weekend with The Sun in Massachusetts

Into the Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Rowe Conference Center
Rowe, Massachusetts
June 1–3, 2012

We invite you to join Sun authors Joseph Bathanti, Krista Bremer, Alison Luterman, and Lee Martin, along with editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for a lively weekend of writing, conversation, and inspiration. The gathering will be held at Rowe, a retreat center situated on fifty acres of lush woodland in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Click here for details.

What bloggers are saying

On Valentine’s Day in San Francisco, Cheryl Strayed acknowledged that she also writes as Sugar, the (formerly) anonymous advice columnist for The Rumpus, an online literary and culture magazine edited by Stephen Elliott, whose work has also appeared in The Sun. Here is a selection from “Dear Sugar” [June 2011], reprinted in The Sun.

A writer in New York guessed Sugar’s identity before it was announced because she recognized the “distinct, unflinching, unforgettable voice” from Cheryl Strayed’s essay “The Love Of My Life” [September 2002].

Photographer William Carter discusses the March 2012 cover photo, which he took in 1964 while traveling in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times.

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