Issue 51 | The Sun Magazine

January 1980

Readers Write


I love to eat.

By Our Readers


One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self: of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.


The Sun Interview

An Interview With Jimmy Santiago Baca

On Writing, Prison, and The Human Spirit

Jimmy Santiago Baca went into a maximum security prison in Arizona at the age of 22 to serve five years for selling drugs.

By Sy Safransky
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Facing Cancer

“Peg has left us. She died peacefully. . . .”

The last days and hours of Peg’s life, her death, and our time together afterwards have had special meaning to those of us who were with her. Thus, this letter has been written by several of us who wanted to share some pieces of that experience with you. It comes with love from all of us.

By Andrew Staley
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Excerpts From Peg Staley’s Letters

Dear Friend: I am in the greatest transition of my life so far and am writing to share this experience with you. I have cancer in my right breast and the medical report is that the cells are a fast growing and invasive kind.

By Peg Staley

There But For The God Of Grace Go I

Theophilus Neutron was a generational transvestite. That is, he was capable of slipping from one peer mode into another with all the deceptive ease of a West Villager trading jockey shorts for lace panties. As near as he could tell, this behavioral quirk began twittering at exactly the same moment as he did — he was conceived at the precise moment the bomb landed on Hiroshima.

By David Manning

Photographs By Barbara Docktor

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

By Barbara Docktor