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Selections from the June issue
The Sun Magazine | June 2013

The Sun Interview

The Undiscovered Country: John Elder On The Wild Places Close To Home
“Wildness is not about millions of roadless acres. Wildness is a quality of awareness that millions of roadless acres may help us to achieve.”
By Leath Tonino



Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Tyranny Of Paradise
Looking for Eden
By Poe Ballantine

On Fire
Hormones, heavy metal, and Jesus
By Doug Crandell

Be More
An ex-lover’s gift
By Brenda Miller

The Most Beautiful Raynovich
When words fail
By Marion Winik

Fiction

Time Capsule
“I worry about burglars and other things too: quicksand, copperheads, lockjaw, leprosy, nitroglycerin, the atom bomb, the Russians, and, most of all, fallout.”
By Laura Oliver

Walter Lee Is Home From Vietnam
“The only one Walter Lee seemed happy to see was Sugar, the Lees’ dog, who jumped up and licked his face.”
By Paul A. Broome

Poetry

Heat Of Departure
By Jim Daniels


Readers Write

Skin
Getting tattooed, celebrating wrinkles, covering up scars
Personal stories by our readers


Departments

Sunbeams
“What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!”

Logan Pearsall Smith

From the archives
The Sun Magazine | May 1988

Roses On Fire
Essay by Stephen T. Butterfield
[May 1988]

“Feeling my way toward some understanding of the mystery of death, I find that I must begin by talking about my mother.”

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 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.

The Sun is offering two full scholarships to writers who can make a strong case that they would benefit from this retreat but are unable to afford it. Scholarships cover lodging, meals, and tuition for the weekend. Click here for details.

A large enrollment is expected, and spaces are limited. We recommend registering soon. You can register by phone at (888) 837-2536 or online at www.esalen.org.

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.

Click here for details.

Up to 40% off books for new graduates
Up to 40% off books for graduates

The season of graduation is upon us. This spring, for loved ones collecting degrees or hungry for wisdom, may we suggest a suitable gift: two quotation collections featuring the best Sunbeams from the back page of The Sun. Full of eclectic insights about the human condition, each volume features quotes from writers, mystics, humorists, philosophers, and more.

Save 20 percent on individual books — or purchase the two-volume set for $20 and save 40 percent off the cover prices.




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