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The Sun Interview

The Skeleton Gets Up And Walks Craig Childs On How The World Is Always Ending

by Leath Tonino

“The end is always happening. We think of apocalypse as a moment — a flash of light, then you’re gone — but if we study earth’s history, we find that it’s not one moment. It’s actually a long process. In fact, it’s hard to see where it begins or ends.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Long-Distance Relationship

by Keely M. Shinners

August 30
I went swimming, and I felt you in the water, holding me upright. I wouldn’t have thought you would spend the afterlife in a swimming pool, but I’m glad you were with me.”


Memorial Day

by Brian Doyle

“We are at a parade. It is Memorial Day. I am sitting on the curb in front of the church with my brother, reserving our family’s spot. The rest of the family is coming along slowly, our father carrying the baby, but my brother and I have run ahead because we don’t want to miss a single soldier in uniform or girl twirling a baton or bespectacled beaming cherubic man wearing a fez. We might see an elephant.”



Due To Vandalism

by Michael Deagler

Sifting through the wreckage


Days Of Human Sacrifice

by Poe Ballantine

Please pass the misery



Opening Night

by Tony Hoagland

Readers Write


by Our Readers

Exhibitionist tendencies, dangerous riptides, premarital confessions

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In This Issue



“For 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunters and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.”

Janine Benyus


Letter to the Editor

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