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I want to tell you why this issue has half as many pages as the last, and I want to tell you something about those of us who keep putting this magazine out — that we’re like you, we eat and sleep, we have our laundry and our lists, our masks, our human worries, and our work: it feels necessary, all of it. This magazine is necessary; it’s a mirror, and a window (“As we grow older,” Ansel Adams said, “mirrors become windows”); it’s a life all its own. I’ve been urged to print a “statement of purpose,” but in my life I’ve seen purpose after purpose peel away, and what’s left has no name, or many names, and the same is true for THE SUN. Sometimes all that’s left is determination; it’s rock-hard; it’s a wanting to survive because life wants to be lived. We want this magazine to live. We’ve attracted new readers, but our income has not increased sufficiently to pay for yet another issue as large as those we’ve been publishing. We were faced with the choice of suspending publication altogether or cutting back the size of the magazine. Better to live.
We’ve used the word “struggle” so much it’s become a cliche. Are you predictably anticipating our predictable request — that you subscribe, or subscribe for a friend, or send us a donation? Predictable as breathing, as long as you keep breathing. Better to keep asking.
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I recently picked up a copy of your magazine at a bookstore here in Atlanta and promptly subscribed, ordering back issues as well (hence the enclosed check). A large package of your magazines arrived today and I find myself sneaking back to them again and again as I sit here at my desk, ostensibly attending to my own writing. I freely confess that as yet I haven’t read enough to assume anything about your belief structure and those acts of assumption seem vaguely hostile anyway. But I wanted to include a note with the check for $24 which I owe you and the small donation (I have managed to get to the editor’s note in issue 39) because maybe you need positive feedback almost as much as money at this point.
I am somewhat of a magazine/book junkie and I have had to confess many times to our accountant that, yes, I know I singlehandedly subscribed to over 50 magazines in one short year. I must tell you that your magazine seems excellent, exuding a vibration of value and urgency that causes me to already look at it as a favorite, along with Village Voice, New York, New Age Journal and Andy Warhol’s Interview. I don’t agree with you that Brand’s CQ is the best; his pomposity repels as much as it facilitates and the New Age (talk about a semantical circus) probably cannot be bullied into existence anymore than the other savior/messiah cons we’ve played with on this planet.
The Synergy Foundation is pretty well explained on the back cover of the book I’m enclosing for you. One thing I would hasten to tell you is that we are much more than the Lazaris work spotlighted in this book. We have a mailing list of almost 20,000 people and our literature about Lazaris is sent to only a small core group of about one thousand. The majority of our work is aside from “him” and deals with seminars and writings, tapes and private therapies concerned with clearing old negative programmings, freeing up creativity and creating your own reality successfully and consistently. I’m sending you the book because it is our current “baby,” the first book by our publishing company arm and we’re happy with it.
While we do not actively promote or advertise Lazaris it isn’t because we’re ashamed of him; it’s just that we feel no need whatsoever to turn anybody onto him, to persuade them to “believe” in him or anything. We’re totally happy working with people who don’t even believe in him at all.
We created the foundation ourselves about three years ago and it’s extremely stable now, to our mutual surprise. It earns enough to support three adults in a style none of us was accustomed to in previous jobs as company executives and film makers. We’ve just created the publishing company “branch” and we are semi-serious about creating a national newspaper format communication device next year, utilizing the large mailing list. We want to see a greater degree of experimental, metaphysical, and personally responsible writing published and we strongly suspect that our naivete about this type of venture is staggering.
Anyway, good luck with your magazine. We are going to talk to people about it when we travel (a great deal of our work is in California around Marin County and Berkeley and in Miami and Michigan as well as smaller points in between) because we honestly feel that there is a need for your magazine as an entity on this planet.
Well, I’m going back to the stack of Suns now, armed with some wine and jazz on the stereo. You’re not fooling yourself, Sy; it really is a damn good magazine.