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Selections from the May issue
The Sun Magazine | May 2012

The Sun Interview

In Their Backyard: Robert D. Bullard On The Politics Of Where We Put Our Trash
“Suppose the people who generate the most waste had to have the most facilities in their communities? Rich people would be forced to reduce, reuse, and recycle if they didn’t want to live in the presence of rotting garbage!”
By Rebekah Cowell

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Feral City
Putting compassion to the test
By Alison Luterman

The Hurricane
Facing disaster from a double-wide trailer
By Sparrow

Faithful Over A Few Things
Age doesn’t matter
By Tarn Wilson


We Will Sing All Six Verses
“I’m back in my hometown, and as the chill November wind blows steady on this gray morning, I’m wandering the cemetery, looking for dead relatives. I haven’t found a single one. Perhaps they have lost interest and moved on. It is the sort of thing people in my family might well do.”
By Linda McCullough Moore


My Totally Awesome World
By SeSe Geddes

Readers Write

Schoolyard taunts, late-night prayers, shameful confessions
Personal stories by our readers


“I bought a wastepaper basket and carried it home in a paper bag. And when I got home, I put the paper bag in the wastepaper basket.”

Lily Tomlin

From the archives
From the archives | September 2002

Lost In The War Of The Beautiful Lads
Fiction by Adrianne Harun
[September 2002]
“Just three kids out for a ride, listening to music, maybe firing up a blunt, although the ashtray was closed, no matches in any of their pockets, that lighter of Corrie’s way down at the bottom of the pack. No bottles either. Just the music, the flower, the broken glass, a bullet each, and nothing else disturbed.”

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The Sun in Big Sur, California
The Sun in California

Into the Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
October 26–28, 2012

We invite you to join Sun readers, contributors, and staff — including editor and publisher Sy Safransky and authors Doug Crandell, Tony Hoagland, Gillian Kendall, Frances Lefkowitz, Alison Luterman, and Sparrow — for a lively weekend of writing, conversation, and inspiration. The gathering will be held at Esalen, a retreat center situated on twenty-seven acres of spectacular Big Sur coastline.

Two full scholarships are available for aspiring or established writers (application deadline August 17); please see our website for details.

We hope you’ll join us.

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