catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 11, num. 12 :: 2012.06.08 — 2012.06.21

Beverages are an integral part of cultural rituals throughout history and around the world, both in their production and in their consumption.  This issue, best enjoyed with a mug or a glass in your hand, will explore our experiences with various kinds of beverages.



The art of coffee and questions

On the special blend on offer in a small town Iowa coffee shop.

Beer and the map of Chicago

Belonging to a place and its beverages.


Drinking to remember

The community that drinks together, stays together.


Coffee, uncomplicated

In praise of a morning ritual that awakens creativity.

Kicking coffee with Maxine Hong Kingston

Recounting a beverage battle that led to new insight.

From simple to sacred

An unexpected gift serves as a reminder of the sacrament in each moment.

An autobiography, with tea

A North American looks to look beyond the leaves.

Dragon’s Milk

On a couple of beers and a conversation between friends.

The tasting room

Savoring the memory of unexpected hospitality.

Bittersweet, but I’ll drink it anyway

Chronicling a relationship (or lack of) with wine.


In case you missed it the first time

Holy drinking

On learning by observation how to defeat death with a cold beer.

My kinda guy

What happens when a commitment to teetotal meets a "drunkard and glutton" of a Savior?

The spirituality of the Chemex

A morning ritual offers lessons in complex simplicity.

Weaving the web

Beer needs no justification

A sketch of Christian beer-drinking: toasting community and craftsmanship.


Tea and liturgy

Sandra McCracken writes about the longing for more ceremony in her life.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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