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Selections from the August issue
The Sun Magazine | August 2012

The Sun Interview

What Ails Us: Gabor Maté Challenges The Way We Think About Chronic Illness, Drug Addiction, And Attention-Deficit Disorder
“When you’re a child and your parents can’t handle your feelings, you learn to suppress them to maintain your relationship with your parents. But what was a coping response in the child becomes a source of illness in the adult.”
By Tracy Frisch

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Let The Bad Times Roll
Concerts gone wrong
By Lad Tobin

Young lovers in a cheap motel
By John Frank

Of All The Mothers In The World
Coming to peace with the ones who raised us
By Heather King


She Walked Out The Door
When a sister disappears
By Jennifer Mason-Black


By Sarah Freligh

Readers Write

The Internet
Finding an old boyfriend, a daughter’s blog, a husband’s secret
Personal stories by our readers


“Life is bitter and fatal, yet men cherish it and beget children to suffer the same fate.”

From the archives
The Sun Magazine | Selection from the Archives

The Gifted Classes
An essay by Frances Lefkowitz
[January 2003]
“I have nothing to say about the politics of poverty, what causes it and what it causes and how to make it go away. I can only tell you what poverty does to a person.”

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 Magazine | Into The Fire

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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