catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Words on a Page

vol. 10, num. 3 :: 2011.02.11 — 2011.02.24

Reading is an activity conducive to being snowed in or sunning by the lakeside or riding the train for the morning commute.  What other activity (besides perhaps listening to music or napping) is so widely and wonderfully applicable?  Reflections on reading and favorite books.

 

Feature

The age of stinky books is upon us

Confessions of a recent convert to the e-reader.

Page turning and the illusion of permanence

A defense of the book and, above all, the living Word.

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A kindled imagination

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

Editorial

Writing to remember

On the loss of love letters in a technological age.

Articles

Tesser well

Lessons from a writer, to a writer, transcend the boundaries of time and space.

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Crying out

An apologetic for the imaginative power of books over movies.

An ode to the bookmark

On the interaction between the stories on the page and the stories stuck between them.

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The second book on my shelf

A tribute to a formational book that still speaks wisdom after 115 years.

My childhood friends

A mom looks back on her favorite books and ahead to her own daughter's young reading years.

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Reviews

Running the freshman gauntlet

A review of the young adult novel Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar.

The lie of keeping it real

A review of the book Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams.

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Gallery

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In case you missed it the first time

To the letter

A review of A.J. Jacobs' book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.

Some books bite. Good books leave scars.

A shameless fanboy's reflection on books that help us believe.

An open letter to literature

Chronicling an English major's complicated relationship with books.

Weaving the web

Pennsylvania Turnpike

Roadtrip musings from wandering bookseller extraordinaire Byron Borger.

 

The Year of Journaling Fearlessly

Lindsay Crandall recounts a liberated year of record-keeping.

 

And the Pixel Was Made Flesh

Gregory Wolfe, editor of a print journal, on the merits and dangers of virtualization.

 
 

daily asterisk

What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned! 

Franny
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey

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