Issue 527 | The Sun Magazine

November 2019

Readers Write

The Mall

Conspicuous consumption, retail therapy, a botched makeover

By Our Readers
One Nation, Indivisible

November 2019

Featuring Frances Lefkowitz, Jim Ralston, Norman Fischer, and more.

The Dog-Eared Page

Racing Toward The Future

[History] rushes on, as it always did, with two forces racing toward the future, one splendidly uniformed, the other ragged but inspired.

By Howard Zinn
Quotations

Sunbeams

Until a few years ago, a man who had no debts was considered virtuous, honest, and hardworking. Today, he’s an extraterrestrial. Whoever does not owe, does not exist. I owe, therefore I am.

Eduardo Galeano

The Sun Interview

An Imperfect Union

Astra Taylor On The Inherent Conflict Between Capitalism And Democracy

I resist seeing Trump as just a fluke or an aberration, because it’s too flattering to ourselves. When people say, “Trump’s not us,” I think, Maybe we need to see how he is us, so we can prevent this from happening again.

By Finn Cohen
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Someone To Listen

The first time he calls the talk line, it’s because he wants to die. Whatever has happened in his brain has made him a stranger to himself.

By Katherine Seligman
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

What To Expect

Try to avoid symbolism and metaphors, and leave fate out of it, too. Fate was not preparing you for this loss when you were an eight-year-old farm girl and held that stillborn piglet for hours in the barn.

By Molly Bashaw
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Gritty All Day Long

I thought tryouts went great. I played catcher, just catcher. You may ask, How solid was my receiving with that lingering double vision? Well, I’m happy to report that squatting behind the plate was a miracle cure.

By Mark Gozonsky
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Seven Days In A Sea-Creature Town

Decorah sat in the impact crater of an asteroid that had struck the earth hundreds of millions of years ago. One of the extinct giant sea creatures exhumed from its crust — the shrimp-looking Pentecopterus decorahensis — had been named after the town.

By Poe Ballantine