Issue 60 | The Sun Magazine

October 1980

Readers Write

How Men See Women, How Women See Men

As a butterfly surveying a flowerbed, as objects, not very clearly at all

By Our Readers


Using another as a means of satisfaction and security is not love. Love is never security; love is a state in which there is no desire to be secure; it is a state of vulnerability.

J. Krishnamurti

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Real Work

Poetry effects change by fiddling with the archetypes and getting at people’s dreams about a century before it actually effects historical change. A poet would be, in terms of the ecology of symbols, noting the main structural connections and seeing which parts of the symbol are no longer useful or applicable, though everyone is giving them credence.

By Gary Snyder
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Iowa Diary

I often feel, in this mixture of silence, isolation, ignorance and pettiness, that if I were struck by a virus, I wouldn’t fight it; I’d give up and implode and disappear. Dangerous signals, those. Not that I will put any effort into taking my life — I feel in large measure that it’s already taken. So I have to leave this place, and fight to get it back.

By Linne Gravestock
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

No Enemies, Except Ourselves

Book Review

Women conspire to be manipulated and used while simultaneously controlling others in subtle but equally manipulative ways, and neither behavior is necessary, to be who we are.

By Elizabeth Campbell

Cartoon By Steven Fisher

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By Steven Fisher