Issue 526 | The Sun Magazine

October 2019

Readers Write

Worship

A miraculous experience, a mixed-faith couple, a big fat question mark

By Our Readers
One Nation, Indivisible

October 2019

Featuring Kathleen Dean Moore, Greg Palast, Shozan Jack Haubner, and more.

The Dog-Eared Page

A Pale Blue Dot

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great, enveloping cosmic dark.

By Carl Sagan
Quotations

Sunbeams

Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.

Rachel Carson

The Sun Interview

Tipping Point

Bill McKibben On A Planet In Peril

In a rational world, we would be devoting every resource to making a difference in the short amount of time we have left. Past a certain point, we won’t be able to.

By David Barsamian
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

A Shrinking World

Let’s put aside, for the moment, the thought of mass extinction. . . . Even if that is our eventual due, life will first look and feel different. Life as we know it won’t suddenly end, but it will be crimped; in many places, it already is.

By Bill McKibben
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Button

The little button lying in my hand brought the violent history of the place to life. For a moment war wasn’t just pictures in textbooks. I could feel the residue of it, the half-life of violence.

By Makana Eyre
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Sleep Study

I wake at 2:34 AM and lie in bed staring at the ceiling for a couple of hours, beating myself up for having awakened way before it’s time to get up.

By Evan Lavender-Smith
Fiction

Green Freak

He has developed a shorthand response to my entreaties: Landfill, he hisses, and he walks away.

By Angie McCullagh
Fiction

Goodbye, Sugar Land

I was still exploring my power to hurt others and was continually surprised by how potent a single sentence could be. I watched my mother’s face waver and then crack open.

By Becky Mandelbaum