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Selections from the June issue
The Sun Magazine | June 2012

The Sun Interview

Water, Water Everywhere: Ran Ortner’s Love Affair With The Sea
“You do not mess with the ocean. It will pummel you and chew you up. It is devastatingly brutal. And yet it can be luminous and delicate and tender.”
By Ariane Conrad

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Citizens Of The Dream
Advice for artists
By Cary Tennis

The Unspeakable Things Between Our Bellies
Reasons not to go to a high-school-reunion party
By Lidia Yuknavitch

Free Rent At The Totalitarian Hotel
Drunk painters and an evil landlord
By Poe Ballantine


Small-Town Autumn
By Donna Steiner

Readers Write

Good Advice
Heeding it, giving it, ignoring it
Personal stories by our readers


“The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.”

James Baldwin

From the Archives
From the archives | August 2004

My Father’s Unholy Local Union
Essay by Doug Crandell
[August 2004]
“I knew my mother would find out before fall, when I’d leave home to find a real job. I’d watch her at the sink, her roan hair falling down, her round face red from the steaming dishwater, and I’d think about telling her, but it was impossible to open my mouth.”

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? Tell us, and we may post your suggestion here.

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.

Click here for event details.

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