This month's issue



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January 2014 marked The Sun’s fortieth anniversary, and we’re finally getting around to celebrating that milestone. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, August 22, from 6 to 11 PM for a “Better Late Than Never” gathering at the Rigmor House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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The Sun is searching for a Business Manager to oversee accounting, payroll, and benefits. We also have an opening for an Associate Editor.
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The Sun will host a lively weekend of writing and conversation in October.
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The Sun Interview

The Mystic And The Warrior Radical Priest Matthew Fox On Loving And Defending Our World

by Leslee Goodman

“People don’t need the Church to tell them who or what God is. They need to experience God, and then they’ll know for themselves.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Golden Threads

by Kelly Daniels

Divine revelations and secret longings


Small Happiness

by Sparrow

Walking backward into the unknown


The Typewriter In The Basement

by Brian Doyle

“Once again a student asks me why I became a writer and this time I say: Because of the staggered, staccato music of my dad’s old typewriter in the basement.”



Past The Breakers

by Dave Zoby

“Each afternoon at 4 PM and no later, Charlotte Wheatley, six foot tall and always with a smear of red lipstick, demanded her dirty martini — one olive; one tiny, translucent, funky onion.”



We Would Never Sleep

by David Hernandez

The Whole Inexplicable Business A Tribute To Steve Kowit

by Carol Ann Fitzgerald and Steve Kowit

“Steve Kowit was a gifted poet and a compassionate human being. He was enthusiastic and outspoken, both on and off the page. (He described himself as an ‘all-around, no-good troublemaker.’)”


Readers Write

Leaving Home

by Our Readers

Crossing the border, avoiding the draft, living on the streets


In This Issue


Sy Safransky’s

“I woke up late. I suppose I needed the extra sleep, but it’s a bad way to start the day, like waking to the news that your country has done something wrong again (cut taxes for the rich; started another war), and it’s not exactly your fault — after all, you were sleeping — but it makes you ashamed nonetheless.”



“Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.”

Jon Stewart


Letter to the Editor

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