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

As we eat and drink and breathe we visibly demonstrate, even if we do not always honor, our attachments to and dependence on the land. If we take care of the land and preserve the integrity of the soil base and watershed, we will at the same time insure the life contexts that are indispensable for cultural flourishing. If nothing else, we will at least demonstrate that we believe the future of our grandchildren is worth protecting.

Norman Wirzba
“Why Agrarianism Matters – Even to Urbanites” in The Essential Agrarian Reader

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