catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Charged Up

vol. 6, num. 9 :: 2007.05.04 — 2007.05.18

Planes and trains, people and places—various kinds of fuels feed their motion and existence.  The coal-fired power plant keeps the lights on in the corner coffee shop where pop music propels a student toward the concluding paragraph.  What principles guide our choices for what fuels our transportation and places?  Beyond energizing our physical bodies, what powers our minds and spirits?



(Hyper)tension and energy

A tension of thought reveals itself in physical symptoms.


Friction makes fire

On the energy that results from tension within the self and within communities.

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Imaginative fancy and innocuous fantasy

A reflection on the energizing power, for better or worse, of imagination.

Stimulating imagination

On finding the energy to change the world through environmental practices.

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Quick waiting

A blessing for our passions to be energized by the long view.


Get me through another day

A review of the film Pan’s Labyrinth exploring the film's imaginative qualities.

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Transforming Reznor

Is NIN’s Year Zero the beginning of the beginning?

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In case you missed it the first time

Energizing memories

Can the American church remember its purpose and reclaim its identity?

Peak oil "to do" list

Why we should do these things anyway.

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Weaving the web

Stairway to Heaven

Tim Flannery explodes the myth of the hydrogen economy.


Don’t stop unbelieving

Scott McLemee reviews a book about the bogey (wo)man of 20th century Christianity, Madalyn Murray O’Hair.


Readers write: Rebellion

Magazine readers write on that often-energizing force of rebellion.


daily asterisk

With small towns shrinking and services eroding, many Dakotans retain an appalling innocence about what it means to be rural in contemporary America. The year we lost our J.C. Penney store, young people were quoted in the town’s weekly newspaper as saying they’d like to see a McDonald’s or a K Mart open in its place. Somehow they have not grasped that in modern American capitalism, which they defend vociferously in the annual American Legion Auxiliary essay contest, the market is everything. Since there is no market here, nothing that counts demographically, we don’t exist.

Kathleen Norris

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