Issue 61 | The Sun Magazine

November 1980

Readers Write

Fear And Courage

Fear of losing control, feeding courage with trust and patience, looking to the Bible

By Our Readers


“I can’t believe that,” said Alice.

“Can’t you?” the Queen said, in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath and shut your eyes.”

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

The Sun Interview

An Interview With Stephanie Matthews-Simonton

Most of the personality patterns associated with cancer are formulated during the first five or six years of life. That’s when children experience the lack of enough unconditional acceptance from one or both parents, feel responsible for that, feel there must be something wrong and bad about themselves.

By Sy Safransky
The Sun Interview

An Interview With Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

I think it is true there is a much more authentic sense of spirituality than ever before, that’s the promising thing — less conformity and less attachment to rituals and forms and absurdities and movements and societies and robes and beards and all the rest.

By Sy Safransky
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Mysteries And Metaphors

A New Look At Cancer

I’m on my way to the biggest — and for me the most enigmatic — of cities, New York, to attend Cancer Dialogue ’80, an historic gathering of physicians, scientists, and researchers brought together by the Omega Institute to shed light on the most frightening and puzzling disease of our time.

By Sy Safransky
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On The Mind And Cancer

I think it’s important that we appreciate that what we’re doing with this approach is to bring to awareness an unconscious tool that has existed in our culture for centuries, that tool being the use of physical disease to meet important emotional needs. Disease has been called Western civilization’s only form of meditation.

By Stephanie Matthews-Simonton
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Mrs. Reilly And Her Little Ignatius

Book Review

A Confederacy of Dunces is most triumphantly a symphony of voices, a wonderfully wide range of authentic-sounding voices which would be distinctive even if they were never named.

By David Guy

Photographs By John Rosenthal

The photographs in this selection are available as a PDF only. Click here to download.

By John Rosenthal