Issue 35 | The Sun Magazine

February 1978

Readers Write


A horse falling from the night sky, a tree spirit, a little girl in a blue dress

By Our Readers
Sy Safransky's Notebook

February 1978

We are free to do most anything, yet, understanding so little about freedom, we confuse it with license, as we confuse living with style.

By Sy Safransky


“I learned one thing.”


“Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

The Sun Interview

Nuclear Power: The Ugly Truth

An Interview With Richard Webb

I’d have to assume that you’re going to get a disastrous accident within the next 20 years, 30 years, right around there . . . I may be wrong . . . We’re liable to have one next week.

By Karl Grossman
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Nestles Vs. The Newborn

Death, Malnutrition, And The Infant Formula Boom

To the poor, uneducated mother, an obvious solution is stretching the formula by diluting it with more water than is specified on the package, the label of which she probably cannot read. A study conducted in Barbados in 1969 showed that 82% of the mothers were “stretching” the formula. They were making a 4-day can last between 5 days and 3 weeks.

By Alice Ammerman
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Dream Messages

I am not a person, but a pinpoint of consciousness who is perceiving the world from the surface of a spring — clear, cold water bubbling up through a rocky crevice.

By Betsy Campbell Blackwell
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Crime Pays — A True Adventure

When I unlock and open the door to my apartment, I see a man standing there, with his back to me. He hasn’t seen or heard me, and continues about his business of piling up my little TV, radio, stereo. I softly — very softly — close the door, tiptoe down the stairs, and call the 911 police emergency number.

By Irv Long
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Temple Sweeper

Rather than talking-about-doing, it is possible now to begin educating ourselves. The books listed below focus on Western techniques, and use standard disease classification. Clearly this represents only a limited aspect of well-being and self-care, but it is a convenient starting point.

By Val Staples
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Hero Is Reason

Book Review

Stout’s was a remarkable life, in many ways a model one, yet it would hardly have been noted, much less remembered, if not for the series of detective novels that he began writing in his forty-seventh year.

By David M. Guy

Research And Other Disasters

Parapsychology, like every other science, is in the business of doing research. At least as important as research, if not moreso, is publishing. . . . These folks are serious. It’s the right thing to do, of course. If they don’t take themselves seriously, who will?  . . . What follows is a parody of the type of article typically found in one of the parapsychological journals, or in any scientific journal.

By David Searls