Issue 53 | The Sun Magazine

March 1980

Readers Write

My Favorite Book(s)‚ And Why

Books were more important to me when I was coming up than they ever will be again. I mean, books got me through school. Boring, sterile, terrible school. I occupied my desk with the enthusiasm of a criminal in an electric chair. Ergo, children’s books occupy an unparalleled place in my heart and in my personal library.

By Our Readers


The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.


Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

A Medical Doctor Diagnoses Reality

“There’s Nothing Out There. It’s All Happening On The Back Of Your Eyeballs.”

If the high priests of American society are its white-robed doctors, with their seeming power of life and death over the rest of us, Dr. Irving Oyle is a renegade urging us to reclaim our power to take responsibility for our own health.

By Dr. Irving Oyle
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Mailer And Me

When I was young I turned a corner and there was Norman Mailer; some other kid turned a corner and there was Nabokov. Life gives you what you get and that’s that. At times I would have preferred getting someone else. When I saw Mailer on the Dick Cavett show a couple of years ago insisting that he pushed Gore Vidal across a room farther than Vidal had pushed him, I really wished I had gotten someone else; I mean, would Nabokov argue on the Dick Cavett show? Would he even appear on Merv Griffin’s? And I’m not talking about a love-affair with Mailer’s writing either. God knows that if he can’t write badly, he can write mediocre books, middling enough to make you ashamed of your admiration. Still, Mailer knows what shame is. Now that’s a marvel!

By John Rosenthal
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Advice From The Lovelorn

Confessions Of A Male Chauvinist Prig

I have just returned to the great grogginess capital of the universe and thought I would type you all a quick line. I pray that I am accepted at a good school — this Florida living is pretty lousy — the statements technically should be unrelated but the typewriter has an intoxicating effect upon the novitiate typist, not unlike the voice of a soothing therapist beseeching free association.

By Jim Thornton
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Woman’s Choice: A Sampler

Excerpts From A New Intimate Monthly Journal Of Feminine Expression

“Biological sisters!” she roared at me. “Do I have a story for you!”

By Louise Lacey
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Woman And Nature

Book Review

In Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her, Susan Griffen explores the connection between feminism and ecology by tracing Patriarchy’s attitudes toward women and nature throughout Western history. These attitudes view women and nature as matter, inert and passive, therefore subject to the restless dominating activity of male prerogative. Ms. Griffen, a poet, traces this view through Western science, philosophy, religion, ecology, female history and feminism.

By Jeffery Beame

The Hill

Photographs By Alma Blount

These people all work now, or have worked most of their lives, or are the sons and daughters of those who work at J. M. Odell Manufacturing Company in Bynum, North Carolina.

By Alma Blount