Issue 57 | The Sun Magazine

July 1980

Readers Write

Being A Parent

The most important thing I ever heard about being a parent was said to me by a friend named Vinny who had just spent a year stoned, lying in front of stereo speakers. I don’t know if he meant it, or understood it, or was merely playing a Franklin Street guru — it was all the same to me: it was truth as absolutely presented as I’ve ever heard it. He said, “Being a parent is one of the three events in life which forces you, without any choice on your part, to make a precise measurement of who you are as a human being. You’ll either be good or bad or mediocre but the point is you won’t be able to hide the information from yourself. If you are hiding from your child, deep down you’ll know it.”

By Our Readers


He who mounts a wild elephant goes where the wild elephant goes.

Randolph Bourne

The Sun Interview

An Interview With Daphne Athas

The Depression forced Daphne Athas and her family to move from her birthplace in Massachusetts to Chapel Hill. After receiving her B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Ms. Athas completed graduate work at the Harvard School of Education. In 1947 she published her first novel, Weather of the Heart. Ms. Athas’ teaching of the blind later prompted her to write The Fourth World, about them. During the same time, while living in England, she completed Sit on the Earth, which won Second Prize in the London Observer Playwriting Contest. Since 1968, Ms. Athas has lectured in creative writing and literature at UNC in Chapel Hill but spent 1973-1974 in Teheran as Fulbright Professor of American Literature. Having traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, she will again live abroad this year on a $10,000 award from the National Endowment of the Arts.

By David Belsky
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Poor In Spirit, And The Rich

Book Review

From Graham Greene we have come to expect a sense of reality, often enough a shabby, sordid reality, but a strong image of the real world just the same.

By David Guy
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

An Evening With Ram Dass

About 1,000 people turned out for “An Evening With Ram Dass” in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina campus. This was a benefit for THE SUN. Not only did Ram Dass have kind words for the magazine, but we raised nearly $4,000. (Thanks, too, to the band Silkworm, which opened the evening.)

By Ram Dass