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Selections from the March issue
The Sun Magazine | March 2013

The Sun Interview

We Are Not Worth More, They Are Not Worth Less: The Odyssey Of S. Brian Willson
“I can still hear the moaning from the villagers who hadn’t died yet. I left that village while people were moaning. I didn’t even summon any medical help. Their moaning is now my moaning.”
By Greg King

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Winter Of My Discontent
Complaining as a winter sport
By Sparrow

Adopt A Bench
An encounter in Central Park
By Rebecca McClanahan

The ones we keep, the ones we lose
By L.K. Gornick


In The Valley Of The Kings
A father’s facade crumbles
By William Black


The Magic Of Macy’s
By Benjamin S. Grossberg

Readers Write

Going Home
A traveler searches for roots, an immigrant returns to his homeland, an ex-con starts over
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“Let me start with gratitude: The world is broken in ten thousand places. Can I be thankful for the brokenness? How else can I learn to love the broken world?”

“With the people, for the people, by the people ­— I crack up when I hear it. I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, because that’s what really happens.”

Fannie Lou Hamer

From the archives
From the archives | April 2001

When I Get To Key West
Essay by Pat MacEnulty
[April 2001]
“This particular prison doesn’t look anything like the ones on television or in the movies — no honeycomb of cells stacked tier upon tier. Instead, the six low dormitory buildings are spread out across grassy hills dotted with a few small trees. Large windows let daylight pour into the dorms, and in the early mornings, as we trudge to breakfast, we often witness technicolor sunrises.”

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A weekend with The Sun in North Carolina
A weekend with The Sun in North Carolina

Into the Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Wildacres Retreat
Little Switzerland, North Carolina

April 26–April 28, 2013

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