catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 9, num. 17 :: 2010.09.24 — 2010.10.07

Our burdens manifest themselves emotionally, spiritually, physically, individually, communally -- and sometimes in multiple ways all at the same time. What kinds of heaviness do we solemnly accept? What kinds do we fight as if our lives depend on it? And why?



A huge gap

A personal reflection on weight, prompted by the ABC Family show, Huge.


More weight

Relieving the unbearable lightness of privilege.


The weight of the West

What the author learned about food systems by cleansing her body of yeast and toxins.


A short story about a girl in the hospital and her twin in the mirror.

Heavy artillery

On (not) coming to terms with the burden of citizenship.

Weighty friends

Remembering friends whose presence brought a sense of rootedness, even in their diversity.


Eating together

A review of Harriet Brown's memoir Brave Girl Eating: The Story of a Family's Struggle with Anorexia.


In case you missed it the first time

Something to say

Reflections on catapult as a space for confession.

The perfect body

On the dynamics of accepting one’s own body and teaching a teen-aged daughter to do the same.

We are what we keep

What is the difference between keeping and possessing?

Weaving the web

Fat girls as useful life accessories

Calling out a Mentos ad that engages in the despicable act of fat-shaming.


The Body Issue

Featuring select articles available online, including “Fat Acceptance: A basis primer” and an overview of disability blogs.


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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