Issue 340 | The Sun Magazine

April 2004

Readers Write

Out Of Reach

A silver bookmark, the Milky Way, college-prep courses

By Our Readers
Sy Safransky's Notebook

April 2004

How odd that I still distance myself from my feelings, as if sadness itself were my enemy, a smooth-talking terrorist with one foot in the door.

By Sy Safransky


Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?

Philip Roth

The Sun Interview

Resurrecting The Revolutionary Heart Of Judaism

An Interview With Michael Lerner

Jews jumped from the burning buildings of Europe and landed, unintentionally, on the backs of the Palestinians. Because our pain was so great from the Holocaust, we didn’t notice the pain we caused them.

By Arnie Cooper
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Called To Be Apart

My mother believed in miracles. She believed that faith could move mountains, that there is a divine plan for the universe, that Jesus never fails. My mother believed that if she was the best little girl in the world, nothing bad would ever happen to her.

By Emily Rogers
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Drunkard’s Gait

Sometimes I tell them my husband is dead. More often I say he’s working out of town. Or that he’s ill and in a hospital receiving treatment. None of these things is true. Or maybe one of them is. They all could be.

By Ann M. Bauer
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Woman In Question

Then, while visiting friends in New York City, I sat next to the woman in question at dinner. We drank wine and ate sushi. She was so lovely, so warm, so rich in her attention to everyone and everything that I knew there would be consequences for me of one kind or another: soaring bliss or abysmal misery; probably both.

By Tom Ireland


Once, while passing notes during a chemistry lecture, Jane and I decided we would each write on a piece of paper what articles of clothing we had not taken off on our last date. When we unfolded each other’s notes, we had both written the same thing: socks.

By Theresa Williams

Tiny Bells

I am a dream. Once I was a man. Once I dreamed as you now dream, woke as you will awaken. I used to walk the world between earth and sky. Now I am a memory. If you awake to memories of a life you never lived, it is because you have let me enter your dreams.

By Bruce Holland Rogers