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.



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.


Writing to remember

On the loss of love letters in a technological age.


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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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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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

The more I read, the more I felt connected across time to other lives and deeper sympathies. I felt less isolated. I wasn’t floating on my little raft in the present; there were bridges that led over to solid ground. Yes, the past is another country, but one that we can visit, and once there we can bring back the things we need. Literature is common ground. It is ground not managed wholly by commercial interests, nor can it be strip-mined like popular culture—exploit the new thing then move on. There’s a lot of talk about the tame world versus the wild world. It is not only a wild nature that we need as human beings; it is the untamed open space of our imaginations. Reading is where the wild things are.

Jeanette Winterson
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Hat tip: David Dark

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