catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 11, num. 20 :: 2012.11.09 — 2012.11.22

The Industrial Revolution may have given us a gazillion useful objects, but it also radically re-shaped our expectations about human purpose and the use of time.  When has efficiency improved your life in a meaningful way?  When has inefficiency been the better way?



Musings on an inefficient life

Living life at the pace of a wood burning stove.


As if eternity were real

Lessons in (in)efficiency from work at a retreat center.


A library sketch in three acts

Pondering efficiency and inefficiency at work.

In the balance

A reflection on the seduction of efficiency.

Lawn mowers and business letters

Exploring the irony of efficiency in certain forms of technology.

In case you missed it the first time

House of inefficiency

A "Gen-X slacker" explains the theology behind his habits.

Fast food and forgetfulness

Can our eating habits really induce us to forget God?

For everything there is a season

On discerning when to practice efficiency and inefficiency.

Weaving the web

From the outside in

Laura Tokie writes in praise of the back deck.


Examining sustainability on new terms

Brent Aldrich reviews David Owen’s take on New York City as a model of efficiency and sustainability.


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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