Issue 97 | The Sun Magazine

December 1983

Readers Write

The Last Time I Fell In Love

Equilateral triangles; excruciating insights; ecstasies and traumas

By Our Readers


Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.

Dinah Shore

The Sun Interview

Saying No

An Interview With Dirk Spruyt

When we filed our 1981 return, we wrote a letter saying that we had a conscientious objection to the paying of money for the purpose of killing people and asked that portion to be refunded. The IRS audited us.

By Alice Amber Carlton & Julia McMullan
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

People, Land, And Community

During the last eighteen years, for example, I have been working at the restoration of a once exhausted hillside. Its scars are now healed over, though still visible, and this year it has provided abundant pasture, more than in any year since we have owned it. But to make it as good as it is now has taken eighteen years. If I had been a millionaire or if my family had been starving, it would still have taken eighteen years.

By Wendell Berry
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, two or three feet thick, the door of wood and iron, a foot thick, and the iron grating which strained the light, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up. . . . I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through before they could get to be as free as I was.

By Henry David Thoreau

The Green Woman

A hush fell between us now that almost had a thickness to it. It was like the moment when you drop a stone down a well and wait for the sound of its striking.

By Meghan R. Burges

News Of Love

Poems Of Separation And Union

Hafiz Translated By David Cloutier