Issue 49 | The Sun Magazine

November 1979

Readers Write

First Sexual Experience

In the tall broomsedge, in a nearly finished new house, in a tent

By Our Readers


People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.

Ken Kesey

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

A Lady’s Journal: Reclining Morals

Our minds are made up of sentences to be liked by everybody: by the time we grow up we have to take them apart, by paragraph, chapter, and story, to find our own style, ’til finally the mind is random as alphabet soup, ready to make new combinations of feeling and thought.

By Cheryl Schilling
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Facing Cancer

Do Doctors Do More Harm Than Good?

It angers me that he can share that ambivalence about the value of treatment with a surgeon and get enraged when I, not only a patient but also a woman, question his recommendation.

By Peg Staley
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


Book Review

In either case — whether Goodman believed he had finally been accepted and could really pull out all the stops, or whether he sensed the dangers of success and wanted to warn people off — Don Juan is Paul Goodman at the height of his powers.

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

The Jes Plain Folks Poems

The poems of the Jes Plain Folks School can be broadly categorized as “Remark Poems” and “What If Poems.” There is nothing necessary about them, nor do they give the sense of having needed to be written. They may be whimsical.

By Stephen Dobyns

Photographs By Syd Nisbet

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

By Syd Nisbet