catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Good Books 2

vol. 11, num. 3 :: 2012.02.03 — 2012.02.16

Have you ever gotten to the end of a good novel and felt a sense of grief at having to say goodbye to the world and the characters contained between the covers? Is there one book you wish everyone you know could read and love as much as you do? On the good books that become part of our own stories.



Our stories

Reflecting on the role of spiritual memoirs.

A gentle nudge

Three books that have shaped a life.


Bookshelf porn

Contemplating the shelf-shaped hole in our lives.


Time well spent

Three lists, some recommendations, and a few observations from my amazing month of books.

Oxford pilgrimage

Notes from a journey to honor history, libraries, books and writers.

Looking for lunas

An excerpt from the new middle grade novel Stranger Moon.

Making friends with books

The evolution of one writer’s reading, from remedial to formative.


Suitcases, rubber ducks, game shows and superhuman padres

A review of Home/Land by the Chicago-based Albany Park Theatre Project.

In case you missed it the first time

Extra copies

On the complexities of giving out favorite books.

Some books bite. Good books leave scars.

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

Writing with light

The photographs of Andre Kertesz and the world of stories, and the stories of the world.

Weaving the web

The lingering loveliness of long things

Meera Subramanian on the merits of reading long stories out loud.


The second text

A poem by Jan Lee Ande.


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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