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Selections from the February issue
The Sun | February 2013

The Sun Interview

Wrong Turn: Biologist Rupert Sheldrake On How Science Lost Its Way
“Most of the triumphs of modern science are engineering triumphs: computers, jet planes, surgery. But it’s not very successful at analyzing how we live our lives.”
By Mark Leviton

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Navigating the darkness 
By Joel Peckham

And Now, Our Son On His Violin
Stage fright in the living room 
By Robert McGee

Leaving Shenandoah
How to say goodbye
By C.J. Gall


Michael The Armadillo
An unwelcome guest
By Susan Perabo


By Heather Sellers

Readers Write

Trying Too Hard
Chasing a horse, hiding an illness, teaching ninth grade
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“There’s a cat in the room. There’s a man in the room. How about God? Is God in the room?”

“As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.”

Albert Schweitzer

From the archives
From the archives | October 2001

My Father’s Bartenders
Essay by Elizabeth Bales Frank
[October 2001]
“The girls who poured my father’s gin-and-tonics were slim, brown-eyed beauties, quick to wipe up his spills, freshen his drinks, and smile at his wisecracks. They looked nothing like him, and they asked for nothing from him.”

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.

An evening with The Sun in Boston, MA
Join Sy Safransky, founder and editor of The Sun, along with contributors Andrew Boyd, Krista Bremer, and Lidia Yuknavitch for a free reading at the Brookline Booksmith.


March 9, 2013
7 pm – 8 pm


Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446

Please visit www.thesunmagazine.org for details.
Writing retreats in 2013

Join Sun authors and readers, as well as editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for one of our lively weekends of writing, conversation, and inspiration. The Sun will host three gatherings this year:

  • April 26–28 at Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina
  • June 7–9 at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts
  • October 25–27 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California

If you’d like to attend, please save the dates. Details will be available on our website in early February, and registration will begin soon thereafter.

We’re still looking
The Sun is hiring

We are searching for a full-time managing editor at The Sun.

This position is in our editorial office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Click here for details.

A feast of words for Valentine’s Day

Flowers wilt, chocolate is fattening, and lingerie is a gamble. Why not share the gift of great writing with your beloved this Valentine’s Day?

In The Mysterious Life of the Heart, fifty writers explore the enigma of romantic love in personal essays, short stories, and poems that originally appeared in The Sun. With candor and humor, Cheryl Strayed, Poe Ballantine, Steve Almond, Sparrow, and many others lead us through ecstasy and heartbreak, anger and forgiveness, fleeting crushes and lasting relationships.

Order today to save 30 percent off the cover price and ensure delivery before Valentine’s Day.


The best place to read The Mysterious Life of the Heart is in a quiet corner away from the usual distractions. (Avoid public places where laughing or crying is frowned upon.) The publisher grants permission for portions of the book to be read aloud to a loved one, by candlelight, between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am. But using this book to try to seduce someone or to justify the unbelievably selfish way you acted last week is expressly prohibited.

— from the introduction by editor and publisher Sy Safransky


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