catapult magazine

catapult magazine
The Dying of the Light

vol. 10, num. 20 :: 2011.11.11 — 2011.11.24

Unless you live near the earth’s equator, each year takes us into a time of shorter days.  The rhythm of life changes for plants, animals, land and humans.  For some, it’s a welcome season of slowing down, while for others, it’s an occasion to remember grief.  This issue will be a collection of autumn-inspired reflections.



Returning to the end

Exploring the theme of grief in Terrence Malick’s film The Tree of Life.

The time that is left to us

In the shadow of winter, a reflection on where we belong.


Death unto life

A report from *culture is not optional in a season of reflection.


Hope of autumn

Pining for fall in the American South.

The season of dying

A short meditation on the brilliance of death.

Learning to die

Embracing the season’s reminder of mortality.


Nevermind your helplessness blues

Viewing the newest Fleet Foxes album through the lens of Nirvana’s generational legacy.


In case you missed it the first time

Grieving in community

A review of Alison McGhee's Shadow Baby with a list of other books that have proved helpful after a loss.

Organic Fuji

Comfort is in the particulars when you care for someone who’s ill.

Weaving the web

A month of autumn

Kierstin Casella on grieving her father’s death.


The reconciliation of unbelief

Alane Mason eulogizes a friend with a story within the AIDS story.


Losing my mother, one memory at a time

Jeffrey Munroe writes about seeing the light in the darkness of Alzheimer’s.


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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