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The Sun

4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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A journal of ideas, which publishes a wide range of essays, interviews, fiction and poetry.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: The Sun Publishing Co
  • ASIN: B00006KYLR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Magazine Express, Inc.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a shining star! December 3, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The Sun is the best literary magazine I have ever seen. The authors change with each issue, other than the editor's contributions, but the quality stays the same: Great!
There's a good mix of long and short works, and b & w photography, and my favorite part of the magazine is called Readers Write. They choose a subject for each issue (several months ahead of time) and all sorts of people send in their short pieces written with that topic in mind. They publish a good number of these, and it's always really engaging, fascinating, and human stuff. The Sun is one of the only magazines I've consistently read from cover to cover, every time.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A friend in my mailbox February 1, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The Sun is like a dear friend who comes to visit once a month. Make a pot of tea, sit down in a comfortable chair with a good reading light, stay there for the next few hours while you read it cover to cover. You might want to have a tissue or two handy: in almost every issue there is something that moves me to tears. (This month's Readers Write section on Apologies, for instance.) You might have a hankering to write an impassioned letter to the editor, arguing with the latest interview with some activist or teacher, or take a stab at your own Readers Write piece. (The upcoming subjects are listed several months in advance.)

There is nothing like The Sun. It's not for everybody. It may not be for you. It's certainly left of center politically. It's often dark - many have accused it of sometimes having a sad or depressing tone. And sometimes it does. But life is sometimes dark. The Sun isn't afraid to look at all of life: darkness and light, peace and violence, birth and death, the spirit and the flesh. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, memoirs and essays, beautiful black and white photography, and not one single word of advertising. I've been a subscriber for the past fifteen years. I hope to keep renewing my subscription for another fifteen, and beyond.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sun shines... August 29, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I was introduced to The Sun through one of my old college professors. I took the magazine home and devoured every word from cover to cover. I then odered a subscription to the magazine, and have enjoyed and looked forward to each and every issue for the past two years. I enjoy reading the "readers write" section first and then the rest of the magazine. The magazine has served as a introduction to other authors that I have sought outside of the perameters of the magazine itself. If you enjoy reading thought provoking interviews in addition to well written short stories, then you should take a look at this magazine,it would well be worth the effort.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What is to give light must endure burning." November 18, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Sy Safransky's literary magazine is a monthly source of interesting fiction, poetry, photography, essays, memoirs and true stories, including a featured monthly interview. In black and white, with no advertisements (save in-house promotions), two years ago I would have given The Sun five stars, certainly, when I first subscribed and for years afterwards. I anxiously awaited each month's copy, which I read from cover to cover. The quality of writing is superior, the subjects topical and relevant and Safransky's devotion to this endeavor admirable. However, over the last two years I haven't been able to sustain the same level of interest, a fact which may have more to do with my reading preferences than the magazine. After eight years, I am sensing a lack of innovation in the stories. But for anyone who has not yet discovered The Sun, this format is refreshing, the concerns of the common man and an interest in our society and the world a breath of fresh air.

Another very popular feature is "Reader's Write", each month introducing a different topic, where readers are encouraged to send in their personal stories. Often this feature is the most provocative segment of the magazine, slices of everyday life without literary pretensions. Most, but not all, issues have a page of Safransky's personal notes, insights into the thinking of the man behind the scenes and a page of "Sunbeams", quotes relevant to each issue, also submitted by readers. Although the magazine is sometimes criticized in Letters to the Editor for its preoccupation with problems in the modern world, this is one of the few venues where readers and writers have such freedom of expression, the commonality of difficulties often a bridge to understanding. Beset on all sides by intrusive advertising, disguised agendas and the pandering to self-indulgence, The Sun's conscientious participation in society, fostering more fulfilling lives, is a forum that should be enthusiastically supported. Luan Gaines/ 2005.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is to give light must endure burning - Victor Frankl September 9, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
You will find this quote on the first page inside the front cover of every issue of this wonderful periodical. I savor every page of each issue I recieve. The photography is brilliant and thought-provoking. The short stories and poems are amazing. It sheds light into places where we have all been, but at a different angle. It shows a new perspective to things normal people endure and experience everyday. I absolutely love this magazine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Subscription Term Name:1 year
Not always easy to find; but always relished. This literary magazine publishes a broad survey of subjects and styles. Some magazines can be overindugent and inaccessible. Not so with The Sun. The magazine balances stories and art so that each new page is fresh and crisp. The "Readers Write" section is funky and enlightening; you may be enticed to add your own $0.02.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it so much I purchased a subscription for my ...
A very different type of magazine. Many short stories all of which have been written well, thought provoking and entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darlene Drummond
5.0 out of 5 stars YES
Purchased as a gift--recipient is delighted with the quality of the writing.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Van Wormer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun
I have been reading this magazine off and on for about 2 years and decided to subscribe. Love the articles and sunbeams!
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Sun
I ordered the Sun as I used to receive it a few years ago and liked it then. It's quite expensive for a magazine subscription but has interesting subjects one doesn't find in other... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neysa Le Beekman
5.0 out of 5 stars COVER TO COVER
I have never in my life ever read any magazine cover to cover then looked forward to the next issue which is invariable read cover to cover. Read more
Published 12 months ago by chezlouise
3.0 out of 5 stars Some highlights but not all good
There is some very fine writing in this publication but the bulk of it appears to be "experimental", which seems to consist largely of licenses taken with form that have little... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Citizen
5.0 out of 5 stars radical compassion
i love it because the philosophy behind it is one of compassion and
an ideal of an actual democracy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by asha
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I don't consider myself a progressive, but this literary magazine is amazing! If you have a open mind and don't mind reading things you may disagree with or that challenge some of... Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by John C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindful reading
I enjoy this magazine because it has short pieces from many authors. I do not have time to read lengthy pieces, so this is really nice to put down and pick up again. Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by J. Fleshman
5.0 out of 5 stars Some things in this world just shine. This is one of them.
Some things in this world just shine. This is one of them. I'll go for months without reading this (during years that I don't subscribe) and it just blows everything else away... Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by D. Bushe
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