Selections from the June issue
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
Hormones, heavy metal, and Jesus
By Doug Crandell
An ex-lover’s gift
By Brenda Miller
The Most Beautiful Raynovich
When words fail
By Marion Winik
“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
Heat Of Departure
By Jim Daniels
Getting tattooed, celebrating wrinkles, covering up scars
Personal stories by our readers
“What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!”
Logan Pearsall Smith
From the archives
Roses On Fire
Essay by Stephen T. Butterfield
“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
Into The Fire:
The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
Big Sur, California
October 25–27, 2013
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