Issue 36 | The Sun Magazine

March 1978

Readers Write


The Reality And The Ideal

Counting houses, losing a dime, joining a commune

By Our Readers
Sy Safransky's Notebook

March 1978

An American Dream

Nothing shocks us anymore. The line between social truth and social fiction has been erased (from the Warren Commission to Watergate we have been asked to disbelieve our eyes and ears) and we are in the curious no-man’s-land of the artist, the madman and the saint. There is no consensus reality; there never was.

By Sy Safransky


The political campaign won’t tire me, for I have an advantage. I can be myself.

John F. Kennedy

The Sun Interview

Running: Face To Face With Yourself

An Interview With Peter And Martha Klopfer

Everybody can win in a race, you see, if they’ve all improved their personal records. You’ve seen this in track meet after track meet, there’s the guy who comes in last but it’s a personal record for him. He gets as much applause from his buddies as the guy who won.

By Alma Blount
The Sun Interview

Another View

An Interview With Tony Waldrop

I never thought I was much more talented than other people, until I quit. I think now maybe I did have quite a bit of talent. I think the biggest thing that helped me while I was running is the fact that I am just extremely determined.

By Alma Blount
The Sun Interview

The Bach Flower Remedies

An Interview With Larry Miller

The flower remedies, if they are administered, then flood the physical body with the needed virtue washing out the fault causing the harm and that in turn raises the vibration of our beings, of our natures and puts us in touch with our soul or our divinity or our higher self, in which the presence of disease has to fall away.

By Priscilla Rich Safransky
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Safety In The Kitchen

Since three-fifths of all American divorces begin in a kitchen spat, the housewife should familiarize herself with the kinds of lethal weapons she uses in the kitchen, and be on guard for their potential misapplications.

By Mrs. George B. Hargrove
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Life At The Top Of The Dial

The WDBS Story

WDBS is an institution, as much a part of local culture as Somethyme Restaurant, Apple Chill Fair, Breadmen’s, Carrboro and canoeing the Haw River. It’s one of the things that makes this area a nice place to live. Without it, life would be different.

By David Searls
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Different Drummers

Book Review

Brother to a Dragon Fly is first and foremost the story of Joe Campbell, but as the book proceeds, it seems to become a history of the civil rights movement. Will Campbell’s unadorned style is at its most effective when reciting those events both moving and terrifying.

By David M. Guy
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Mushrooms: A Lesson In Self-Discovery

Take the Campeche line out of Mexico or Veracruz (second class accommodations are half the price with little difference in comfort) and disembark with your perspiration at the Palenque station, named after the nearby breath-taking ruins. Here we find a mushroom with particular inner color, filled with the age old insanity of the Mayans, wisdom stored as knowledge in the mushroom’s files, as a tree stores its glucose in fruit.

By Frank Graziano
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Arts: The Politics Of Filmmaking

In the course of reading a book we have time to change our mind about things, or anyway, the author has time to change our minds. But seeing a film is different. Not only the brevity of the event, but the limited intellectual possibilities of the medium itself make it almost impossible for a filmmaker to challenge (uproot, enlighten, deepen?) the filmgoer’s attitude about the way things are.

By John Rosenthal
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Cars And Other Headaches

We took it as just so much more enemy venom when Nikita Khrushchev said the Russians didn’t have to fight the United States because we would spend ourselves out of the “race.” Enemies are always wrong; who would believe a character like that?

By Jim Evans