catapult magazine

catapult magazine
On Topic

vol. 7, num. 14 :: 2008.07.11 — 2008.07.25

From mild interest to obsession, certain topics claim a portion of our attention.  What draws us to certain subjects, as individuals and as communities?  In what ways do we respond to that draw?



Surviving your baby’s first year

A book list by the mother of a toddler explores experiences from birthing to sleeping.


Last topic standing

The pine forests of Kentucky offer insight into maintaining healthy diversity of interests.


Reading for a global perspective

Book guru of Hearts & Minds Books recommends resources for studying and pursuing global justice.

Feasting on film

A list of mouth-watering movies and the delectables to accompany their viewing.

Answering to the Coca-Cola Company

On the topic of the caustic wit of novelist and screenwriter Terry Southern.


Kirstin’s recommendations 7.11.08

Young adult fiction about race and the abuse of power and classic music from Louis Jordan and Patsy Cline, two of the most influential U.S. artists in the 20th century.


In case you missed it the first time

The purpose of sex

On the unitive, procreative and recreational functions of sex.

The memory palaces of Joseph Cornell

Exploring the philosophy of an artist whose collage work is suggestive about the nature of time and memory.

Reading the stash

What does your stuff say about you?  To you?

Weaving the web

Is Google making us stoopid?

Nicholas Carr on how the Internet is changing our brains.


I am a sea

The problem of Christendom’s worn-out language according to Patton Dodd.


The filthy, stinking truth

An interview with Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History.





A rambling vacation yields delight, generosity and gratitude.

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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