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Selections from the November issue
The Sun Magazine | November 2012

The Sun Interview

If Only We Would Listen: Parker J. Palmer On What We Could Learn About Politics, Faith, And Each Other
“No one who has stood for high values — love, truth, justice — has died being able to declare victory, once and for all. If we embrace values like those, we need to find ways to stand in the gap for the long haul, and be prepared to die without having achieved our goals.”
By Alicia von Stamwitz

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Please Don’t Vote For Me
Why I should never become president
By Sparrow

Easily Led
Going back to him thirty-five years later
By Gillian Kendall


“I felt a deep reverence for all things sexual. Sex was elemental, like the weather. It was unpredictable but inevitable, frightening but necessary. And it was all around me.”
By Miciah Bay Gault


Wild Weeds
By Dane Cervine

Readers Write

On a gurney, at a twelve-step meeting, in an unopened letter
Personal stories by our readers


“My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing.”

Gloria Swanson
From the archives
From the archives | May 1990

On Seeing A Sex Surrogate
Essay by Mark O’Brien
[May 1990]
“As a man in my thirties, I still felt embarrassed by my sexuality. It seemed to be utterly without purpose in my life, except to mortify me when I became aroused during bed baths. I would not talk to my attendants about the orgasms I had then, or the profound shame I felt. I imagined they, too, hated me for becoming so excited.”

Mark O’Brien was a poet and journalist who lived in Berkeley, California. After contracting polio at the age of six, he spent most of his life in an iron lung. Fox Searchlight Pictures recently released The Sessions, a film adapted from O’Brien’s essay “On Seeing A Sex Surrogate,” about having sex for the first time at the age of thirty-six. He died in July 1999 from post-polio syndrome.

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