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Introducing The Sun’s digital edition
Introducing The Sun's digital edition

God In The Machine
“We have taken the same care in building the online edition that we do in crafting each issue, and if we are unfashionably late to the digital party, I don’t think Sy minds very much.”
By David Mahaffey

Selections from the April issue
The Sun Magazine | April 2013

The Sun Interview

Out Of Our Heads: Philip Shepherd On The Brain In Our Belly
“The world will speak to you as intimately as your mother did when you were a child if you can allow the body to teach you its different way of listening.”
By Amnon Buchbinder

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

In The Hills
This is how it is when you leave us
By Josh Weil

It Is No Longer Necessary To Write Novels
You may just write the first line
By Sparrow

Side By Side
Losing a friend to dementia
By Mally Z. Ray


A man, a woman, an open road
By Joe Wilkins

A marriage’s dark mystery
By Halina Duraj


Twenty-Five O’Clock
By Eric Nelson

Readers Write

A baby gets glasses, a woman stares down prejudice, what a blind man sees in his dreams
Personal stories by our readers


Sy Safransky’s Notebook
“Why do I imagine that the way I shape these sentences matters to anyone but me? So what if my writing is published? Hell, I’m the publisher!”

“The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passersby to come and love us.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

From the archives
Selection from the archive | February 2001

Fiction by John Fulton
[February 2001]
“Vickie and Gary touched fingertips, setting off static sparks as sharp as little teeth. Their hands touching made a shadow on the wall like scaffolding — a small, skeletal shelter.”

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.

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

We invite you to join Sun authors Joseph Bathanti, Krista Bremer, Doug Crandell, Pat MacEnulty, and Mark Smith-Soto, along with editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for a lively weekend of writing, conversation, and inspiration. The gathering will be held at Wildacres, a mountaintop retreat center situated on 1,600 acres of lush woodland near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A large enrollment is expected, and we recommend registering soon. A limited number of spaces are still available. Click here for details.

We’re still looking
We're still looking | Managing editor position

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

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

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