Issue 158 | The Sun Magazine

January 1989

Readers Write

Peak Experiences

Two blue herons, a red tail-feather, wild blueberries

By Our Readers


I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.

Simone de Beauvoir, The Blood of Others

The Sun Interview

Salvaging The Future

Michael Helm On The Virtues Of Junk

Practically, managing a salvage yard is a great way to make a living because there is so much waste in this culture. Fifteen years ago, I dropped out of corporate life and got into salvage — actually, it was called junk back then.

By Beth Bosk
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Blind As A Fish

Time passes and you learn that you overlooked a fairly simple and important ingredient. Yeast is necessary. The only time you’re definitely right is when it doesn’t matter. Failure and pain, twin stepping stones to knowledge.

By David Koteen
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Unhealed Life

Sitting has become very difficult. Each day, I can manage about three hours in a chair. Consequently, “up time” is of great value. It is cherished, planned for, and jealously guarded.

By Yaël Bethiem

The Confession Of Jezrine Beauvais

Yeah, someting unusual hoppened. I had a baby. My first born. An’ I killed it. Now you say you gonna charge me wid a crime. But you see, that baby wasna good ting. It was evil. So you see, I had no choice. It was just the next ting tu do.

By Polly Nicole Passonneau