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The Sun Magazine

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

A Book Of Games

A Course In Spiritual Play

If you believe you are alone and very small, the only place to get what you lack is from what is not you. And if what is not you refuses to cooperate, as it always does to some extent, then you find yourself at war. That is why no external struggle ever succeeds. The premise that you are separate has not been questioned. Stillness automatically questions and rejects that premise.

City/Country Miners: Some Northern California Veins

I would never go to war again unless my own country was attacked. I would leave, I would go anywhere. If they drafted me to go to war in east jockstrap, Alaska, or in Japan, because we were supposedly their allies, I would not go.


The Funeral

Andrew was crouching by the window, painting scarlet and navy blue lines on the box. He took care to make the lines straight and even. Nana would want it this way; she used to like things to have shape and ceremony. It was bad enough that he couldn’t keep Pigeon breathing for more than a few hours after Nana had gone; now, at least, he would do the proper thing.

Man Of Silver, Man Of Gold

The library was five long blocks away. In that East coast city, hated with multiplying resolve over years of my life, street blocks were tons of poured flat concrete, expressionless gray and black tar from lamppost to lamppost. Some blocks were more dangerous for people to walk than others, but no street was free of ethnic dangers. It was a city without human or natural landscape, other than locked apartment hells surrounded by larger hells.

Black Reaper

Buck didn’t know how old he was, that’s for sure. We guessed it to be somewhere between seventy and ninety. His head was bald, and shiny. His face was thin, and I was never sure how he could shave it with all the lines and droops and excess skin it contained.

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The Music In My Life

I fell into music at age fifteen with a guitar bought at the green-stamp redemption store. I wrote painfully overstated songs of teenage love on it —

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There’s nothing wrong with the world. What’s wrong is our way of looking at it.

Henry Miller,
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

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