catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Fame & Fortune

vol. 7, num. 11 :: 2008.05.30 — 2008.06.13

It’s easy to look at Britney and decry the destructive power of fame and money, but what about Bono?  And how many of us daydream about winning the lottery or becoming independently wealthy so we can give it all away?  And yet, most people find themselves stuck, by choice or by circumstance, in a more moderate income bracket.  On fame and fortune, scarcity and abundance, ambition and contentment.



E! True Hollywood Stories: Extreme Philosophical Edition

An exploration of the ideas underlying our starry-eyed obsessions.


Fame on film

How a medium that is itself engulfed in fame has something to teach us about public people.


True fame

On putting our instincts on hold to re-evaluate human worth.

Consuming toward exile

On claiming culpability in the case of the star everyone loves to hate.

Hemingway in Cubero

The short tale of a literary stop on a Route 66 road trip.

Rock Star Fever

A proposed cure to a very attractive disease.

A self in comparison

Reflections on ambition, identity, fame, fortune and family.


Give me liberty or give me death

A review of Garth Jennings’ film Son of Rambow.

In case you missed it the first time

Che's passion

Despite his flawed methods, one of the most radical 20th century political revolutionaries has a worthwhile lesson for Christians.

Coming Through Slaughter: The destruction of a man

Michael Ondaatje's first novel is a textured, heart-breaking collage of jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden's life and times in New Orleans.

Art, faith and Warhol

A session on the art of Andy Warhol, with an introduction by Dayton Castleman.

Weaving the web

Teen stars grow up in spotlight

An NPR audio discussion sparked by the recent Vanity Fair cover photo of Miley Cyrus.


Nice Work if You Can Get It

Stories of sudden fame, quick riches and the downside of the dream job.



Blogger Emily Gould’s public confession of oversharing and its consequences.





Exploring life lessons about public image in an episode of Firefly.

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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