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Selections from the April issue
The Sun Magazine | April 2012

The Sun Interview

The Butterfly Effect: Julia Butterfly Hill On Activism, Tax Resistance, And What She Learned From A Thousand-Year-Old Redwood
“It’s impossible not to make a difference. Every choice we make leads either toward health or toward disease; there’s no other direction. The question is not ‘How can I, one person, make a difference?’ The question is ‘What kind of difference do I want to make?’ ”
By Leslee Goodman

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Communion Of Strangers
Kinship beyond blood
By Brian Jay Stanley

Reading The Water
A father, a son, and a river
By Michael Copperman

The Lonely Bull
Growing up on the hard plains of northern Arizona
By Jerry D. Mathes II


A teenage girl’s fragile grip on reality
By Sigrid Nunez


Marriage Song
By Tony Hoagland

The Return
By Ruth Schwartz

Readers Write

The Best Feeling In The World
Going awol, making love, telling your father the truth
Personal stories by our readers


“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”


Selection from the archive
Selection from the archive | August 2003

Playing Ping-Pong With Pontius Pilate
Fiction by Greg Ames
[August 2003]
“I was the number-one seed in the tournament and the best ping-pong player at the Delaware Avenue Y. But Pilate was a dark-horse challenger. Nobody really knew what he was capable of. It was twenty minutes to three. I had to admit, I was worried about facing him. After all, if you believed the story, the guy had sent Christ to the cross. What the hell would he do to me?”

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 <em>The Sun</em> 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.

The Sun is hiring

We need a full-time managing editor at The Sun. This position is in our editorial office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Click here for details.

What bloggers are saying

NPR’s Snap Judgment storytelling program features Sun contributor Jane Churchon, who draws on her essay “The Dead Book” [February 2009] to talk about being a nurse who keeps records on deceased patients.

A writer in California recounts her experience attending The Sun’s AWP panel on “Selling Out Everyone You Love: The Ethics of Writing Nonfiction.”

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