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Sy Safransky, Founding Editor of The Sun, Announces Transition, Successor

“From its idealistic, unlikely inception in 1974 to its current incarnation as a nonprofit magazine with more than 60,000 print and digital subscribers, The Sun has attempted to marry the personal and political; to challenge the status quo and reveal injustice; to honor courageous and honest writing; and to touch the mystery of our humanity. In a world where advertising pursues us almost everywhere, The Sun remains a rare ad-free sanctuary.”

So reads the About page of The Sun, a Chapel Hill-based magazine that was founded by an editor with the seemingly implausible vision to start an ad-free, independent, reader-supported magazine half a century ago. That editor, Sy Safransky, recently announced his upcoming transition to editor emeritus after fifty years at The Sun. You can read his announcement here: “A Letter from Sy’s Desk.”

We at the Network are grateful for Safransky’s contributions to the literary world through The Sun, and we wish his successor, Rob Bowers, the best.