This month we begin a new section of THE SUN called US. It’s a modest effort to provoke conversation among us about questions on which we’re the only authorities. This is, literally, your part of the magazine. Writing style isn’t important; thoughtfulness, and sincerity, is.

Our first question — “What was your most painful experience?” — was, in retrospect, awkwardly worded. We were not so interested in our readers quantifying their pain as in finding out what pain meant to them. Nonetheless, the response was encouraging — including the letters from people who said their most painful experience was too painful to write about.