Issue 41 | The Sun Magazine

January 1979

Readers Write


Blaze’s five-gaited walk, Spot’s violent death, Tiger’s Mississippi River adventure

By Our Readers
Sy Safransky's Notebook

January 1979


To let our parents be, to accept them as people, human and therefore imperfect, rather than as gods — that is the challenge.

By Sy Safransky


The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

The Sun Interview

An Interview With Warren Barrett

The name “Storybook Farm” came when I was reading to my kids one night, and in the middle of this book, there was a picture of this farm. When I saw the picture I said, “Oh wow, how beautiful! One of these days, we’re going to have a place just like that. A storybook farm.”

By Elizabeth Campbell
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

All In Common

What Gets Shared (And What Doesn’t) In Small Communities

Most communal groups in the United States today (of which by far the largest number are urban) are expense-sharing groups, at least as far as such things as groceries, mortgage or rent, taxes, utilities and vehicles used in common are concerned.

By Judson Jerome
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Only Source You Need

Enlightenment is less like a quiet, deep breath of serenity than a dynamic, on-going process of growth, joy, increased self-awareness and “cosmic” awareness. It is important to see yourself as a flowing process.

By Peny Prestini & Michaell Prestini
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

True Touch

In the Zen tradition, a line of succession of Zen Masters is supposed to be linked together by transmission of mind — pure thought transferred from mind to mind with no words. I think that with midwives there is a similar kind of transmission of touch.

By Ina May Gaskin
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The World According To Irving, Garp, Bensenhaver

Book Review

John Irving has laid his cards on the table. From what seemed to be the beginning of a long realistic chronicle, he has moved into a world of fantasy, symbol, and wild humor, and for the rest of the novel he settles into neither world, but shuttles back and forth between the two.

By David M. Guy

California T-Shirts

The photographs in this selection are available as a PDF only. Click here to download.

Photographs By Andrew Williams