catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Books that Stick

vol. 12, num. 15 :: 2013.07.19 — 2013.09.05

Many of us could tell our life stories specifically through the lens of books we’ve read.  Instead of doing a summer issue on beach reads, which certainly have their place, we’re going to kick off our annual August publishing break with reflections on the books that have changed our lives in some way, whether fiction or non-fiction, poetry or reference, fantastical or biographical.



Beware of book lust

Reflecting on the ways books demand our lives.


Facts and fictions

On following the breadcrumbs of truth through the stories of childhood.


Come further in, come further up!

C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia offer a glimpse of the world to come.

A book that bites

When a book about vampires overlaps with real life.

Humbled by Frankenstein

On being brought to life by Mary Shelley’s gothic tale.

Not the words, but the voice

On the permeable boundary between a Chaim Potok novel and a summer internship.

Breath of life

From evangelical tell-alls to baseball biographies, some books that have stuck.

In case you missed it the first time

Some books bite. Good books leave scars.

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

Life on the threshold

The nature poetry of Liberty Hyde Bailey and the igniting of an urban imagination.

The book that changed my life

A confession about the power of the written word.

Weaving the web

Open your eyes wide: The generous vision of Marilynne Robinson

Rebecca Martin reviews Robinson’s 2012 book of essays, When I was a Child, I Read Books.


Vonnegut on censorship and demonization

Larry Shallenberger on a letter that speaks to today’s culture wars in literature.


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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