catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 11, num. 22 :: 2012.12.07 — 2012.12.20

The local newspaper, an endangered species of late, has been a critical chronicler of places around the world, recording the life of many communities in a way no history book ever would.  What is the role of print journalism in your community, and in society at large?  Beyond journalism, what is the role of books in a digital age?



Print may be dying, but the truth will live

A perspective on medium from a professional in journalism.

The future of journalism in the free frontier

It's not as hopeless as some might think.


Birth announcements

On the incarnate words that call our worlds into being.


People who deliver

Memories from a file thick with newspaper clippings.

Reading the newspaper

A case for committing to information we can touch.

Yes, I still take the daily paper

A personal history told through the lens of newspapers.

Why I still subscribe

Continuing a family legacy (in certain ways) of reading the Grand Rapids Press.

In case you missed it the first time

A kindled imagination

How a book loyalist came to appreciate the company of an e-reader.

Writing to remember

On the loss of love letters in a technological age.

Weaving the web

Dialogue on open access and the developing world

Discussion board containing various perspectives on what open access means for the developing world. 


Twilight of the American newspaper

Richard Rodriguez’s article suggests, “When a newspaper dies in America, it is not simply that a commercial enterprise has failed; a sense of place has failed.”


Literature is not data: Against digital humanities

Stephen Marche exposes about what is lost when literature becomes “data.”


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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