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.
Subscribe and Save up to 55%
We’re looking for personal essays, short stories, and poetry; please review our submission guidelines to make sure your work is a good fit.
The Sun now accepts Readers Write submissions online.
Our congratulations to the authors.
A few months ago, some subscribers received fraudulent renewal offers promoting The Sun at an inflated price. If you responded to the fraudulent offer, you may have recently received a postcard from “Magazine Link” stating that your subscription to The Sun could not be fulfilled. This card does not reflect your subscription status with The Sun.
Some of our subscribers recently received a fraudulent renewal offer asking them to renew their subscription to The Sun for the price of $79.95. Do not send them any money.
Two selections first published in The Sun have been awarded the Pushcart Prize, which honors exceptional writing from America’s small presses. Click here for details.
The Sun owes an apology to David Krieger, Leslee Goodman, and our readers.
Three essays published in The Sun were listed as “notable” in The Best American Essays 2012, edited by David Brooks.