Issue 167 | The Sun Magazine

October 1989

Readers Write

Being Wrong

Hitting your sister, watching the rice boil, jumping over the subway turnstiles

By Our Readers


You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.

Jean Cocteau

The Sun Interview

At The Heart Of Healing

An Interview With Stephen Levine

What we’ve really come to see is that healing is not limited to the body. The body may live or die, but the healing we took birth for occurs in the heart; if that quality of heart is not there, no matter what happens to the body, healing is absent.

By Ralph Earle
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Best Of The 11th Street Ruse

Everyone says New Yorkers are cruel (at least New Yorkers say that — it’s part of our Self-Love), but the fact we’re suffering Benevolence Burnout shows we must’ve had some.

By Ellen Carter & Sparrow
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On A Narrow Ledge

Lying awake in the gray hours of the morning, I heard a hissing little voice, insinuating, familiar, from the depths of my own being. What it was saying, over and over again, was simply, “Metastasis. Metastasisss.”

By Juliet Wittman

Serpent’s Tooth

We lived in a walk-up apartment house. The three of us would anticipate his footsteps, listening for them up the tiled stairs and across the tiled floor. He had a variety of walks: a confident, sober stride; a penitential limp; a self-assured, rocking swagger.

By Edward Wahl