Issue 104 | The Sun Magazine

July 1984

Readers Write

The Moon

Seeing the moon from the desert, from the Ile de la Cite in Paris, from a starry camping night

By Our Readers


Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.

George Bernard Shaw

The Sun Interview

Worth Fighting For

An Interview With Holly Near

I just got back from Nicaragua. I hadn’t known much at all about this country that the United States has been involved with for many years. The Marines were in Nicaragua as long ago as the Thirties. How can you live in a country and not know about a place where your Marines have been for that long?

By Howard Jay Rubin
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


We live in perilous times. All human beings have always lived in perilous times, but the perils of our times are our own and we know them well. For several years now, a sizable group of Americans have seen Indians — or the Indian way — as an approach to the diffusion of some peril.

By Roxy Gordon
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Scott and Helen Nearing: A Tribute

Self-reliance has been linked with democracy in the American mind since Thomas Jefferson extolled the small farmer as the cornerstone of a free society. Thoreau sang of similar values. In our day, Scott and Helen Nearing have epitomized the best of that tradition.

By Art Stein
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


On September 19, 1981, at the northernmost reach of Laughing Snake Mesa, a single Navajo or perhaps Hopi Indian stood with a straight back and recited the true words that had come to him from his tradition.

By Adam Fisher

A Clouded Visit With Rolling Thunder

well, rolling thunder wasn’t named that for nothing. he let me know for a good several minutes that he was displeased with my presence and my approach. he said i had no respect, and that was the trouble with white people.

By Pat Ellis Taylor