A man with the right scruffed-up beard and breadth of chest swaggered into the S and M dungeon that was my place of business, and twenty minutes and one grand later had my chin — still soft with the downy fluff of teen-girl skin — held steady in one paw while the other one flew at my face so hard and fast that I ceased to exist as the same collection of matter I had been the previous instant.
When Sarah’s mother, Penny, got sick four years into our marriage, we decided to move back to Mississippi, considering it penance for the sins of our youth. We signed a lease on a house, a white one-story on the historical register with a wraparound porch and angels, stars, and the moon painted on the transom above the front door.
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We’re grateful to Colleen for the years she’s spent shepherding manuscripts, encouraging writers, and shaping so many of the pieces we’ve published in The Sun.
Since Astra Taylor cited so many authors during our discussion for the November 2019 interview, we asked her to give us a list of books that have inspired her work as an activist and an artist.
Stream or download selections from Many Alarm Clocks, a collection of journal entries from The Sun’s founder and editor published in the magazine as Sy Safransky’s Notebook.
This year Andrew celebrated not only his fiftieth birthday but also twenty-five years at The Sun.
Parnaz Foroutan’s essay “A Single Suitcase” appears in our July 2019 issue. We asked her about living with the threat of wildfires, emigrating from Iran, and writing her forthcoming memoir, Home Is a Stranger.
Jacqueline Alnes at Longreads included Joseph Holt’s essay “Love Running” on a list of recent essays that helped her grieve a recent heartbreak.
We asked Doug about masculinity, memory, and what it was like to see his book highlighted on a popular Netflix series.
We asked Sparrow about Twitter, Trump, and playing the flutophone in an anti-rock band.