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Selections from the July issue
The Sun Magazine | July 2013

The Sun Interview

The Run-On Sentence: Eddie Ellis On Life After Prison
“It’s the little things that trip you up. It took me two months to relearn how to travel by subway. I’d get lost and be too embarrassed to ask anyone for directions. It was as if, by asking, I’d be revealing this deep, dark secret: I had gone to prison.”
By Katti Gray

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Some Thoughts On Mercy
Believing the lies you’re told
By Ross Gay


It Must Have Been Beautiful, But Now It’s Gone
Lessons in being a lady
By Christian Zwahlen


A Brief For The Defense
A tribute to Jack Gilbert

Readers Write

Breaking The Rules
Riding with a stranger, sneaking a cigarette, tricking the nuns
Personal stories by our readers


“I am an invisible man. . . . I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”

Ralph Ellison

From the archives

The Wizard In The Closet
Essay by Heather Sellers
[December 2007]

“Jerry Stern was my writing professor. He had a bad thumbnail, a giant, milky moonstone at the end of his right hand. To me his molting bluish nail was magical, wizardly, as though he could tell the future with it. I wanted a blue-moonstone fingernail; I wanted to see the future.”

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.

Writing from The Sun wins the Pushcart Prize

Two selections first published in The Sun have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, which honors exceptional writing from America’s small presses. Philip Kelly’s essay “Painting The Summer Palace Of The Queen” [February 2012] and Sigrid Nunez’s short story “Imagination” [April 2012] will be published in the anthology The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, due out in November. Our congratulations to both authors.

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.

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