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Selections from the May issue
The Sun Magazine | May 2013

The Sun Interview

Swept Under The Rug: Ai-jen Poo On The Plight Of Domestic Workers
“Domestic workers . . . know when one of their employers would rather spend four hundred dollars on a pair of shoes than pay them a living wage, because they watch it happen. It’s a brutal reminder of inequality.”
By Anna Blackshaw

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Sundays With Hugo
Different worlds, common tasks
By Ruth L. Schwartz

Mister Kim
Behind the counter
By Brian Doyle

Joyous Blues God For A Day
Belting it out behind bars
By Saint James Harris Wood

Flirting with disaster
By Heather Sellers


Taking Care
What to do about Mother
By Linda McCullough Moore

What Feathers Might Do
Six girls and a box full of chickens
By Caryn Cardello


The God Of Numbers
By Danusha Laméris

Readers Write

Winging It
In a classroom, at a work meeting, with a drug-addicted son
Personal stories by our readers


“When you go to work, if your name is on the building, you’re rich. If your name is on your desk, you’re middle-class. If your name is on your shirt, you’re poor.”

Rich Hall

From the archives
From the archives | March 1997

The Vomitorium
Fiction by John McNally
[March 1997]

“I had no idea why Ralph and I were friends. I was a B-plus student, a model citizen, whereas Ralph already had a criminal record: a string of shoplifting charges all along Chicago’s southwest side. He kept mug shots of himself in his wallet. We were friends, I suppose, because he had walked up to me one day three years ago and asked if he could bum a smoke. I was nine. Rather than tell Ralph I didn’t smoke, I’d said, ‘Sorry, smoked the last one at recess.’ ”

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A weekend with The Sun in California
A weekend with The Sun in California

Into The Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing

Esalen Institute
Big Sur, California

October 25–27, 2013

We invite you to join Sun authors Ellen Bass, David Brendan Hopes, Steve Kowit, Frances Lefkowitz, and Cary Tennis, along with editor and publisher Sy Safransky, 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.

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