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Sy Safransky

January 25, 2009

If you don’t know who Sy Safransky is, don’t feel bad. I didn’t either until a few months ago. As a gift, my husband, always encouraging me to find my path, bought me a subscription to a literary magazine called The Sun.

Sy Safransky is the editor and publisher. Although I am not familiar with the details about how The Sun came to be, I understand that Safransky’s vision was to publish a magazine that mirrors our concerns of the present, without advertising I might add. As a magazine, it is a work of art.

The content is creative, inspirational, and sometimes raw with emotion. Some contributors make you chuckle, as they tell the story of what they hold as truth. Some pull at our heartstrings because injustice runs rampant. And some are just great stories. All are well written and teases the intellectual in all of us. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, we walk away touched by the thought that life represents both black and white elements.

We recognize the human element as reflections of our own lives. The overarching pain and joy resonates in all of us and therefore makes each of these entries powerful.

One can’t help but notice how poignant the black and white photographs are. Each reveals a story, a hidden truth that we must ferret out. The discovery is refreshing and is a tonic for the soul.

  1. Brielle Chittim
    February 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    It’s funny you know – how we end up where we do on the web. I was just blogging away and twittering with people (which I just started yesterday), and suddenly the name Sy Safransky popped into my head. I haven’t read The Sun in years and so I had to google it. I saw some of the google entries and then it clicked – so I typed in Sy Safransky blog – to see if he has one. Now I’m here.

    I agree with you about the Sun content. the magazine has been like a friend and healer for me at times in the past. I would go to the library and devour back issues, and the content does often contain ‘raw emotions’ – along with the black and white photos that bring you even closer to a human connection. I’ve never seen another publication that accomplishes that for me. I used to do a biweekly paper here, and the reason I even know about The Sun, is that a supporter of mine recommended it to me and said that my publication reminded him of The Sun. After I read a few back issues, I realize what a compliment that was.

    Here’s another one. I’m listening to a compilation of songs from the L Word – Season One. The song that just came on is ‘Sun Again’ by Kinnie Starr. It’s from an album she wrote after she broke her contract with Cirque du Soleil in Vegas and came back to her normal life as a musician. It’s definitely part of her healing from the Vegas segue. I have done music bookings and promotions here in my town Nelson, BC for years (not now though), and I did several shows with her.

    Anyway, you’re fortunate to have a loving hubby who gives you such great gifts. !!


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