Cover Photo: Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult/Columbia Pictures
Sex, Lies, and “Closer”: Lying to Survive as a Queer Kid, as Taught by Natalie Portman

Coming into one’s sexuality, Natalie Portman had taught me, goes hand in hand with learning how to deceive as a means of survival.

Jan 15, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult
What Is Common, What Is Rare: Why Extraordinary Events Cannot Eclipse Everyday Racism

We’d denounce the marches and torches and chants. When that moment passed, we’d continue to live with the ghosts of our country’s peculiar legacy.

Jan 14, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult
Interplanetary Risk Management and Other Reasons to Quit Cheerleading

Her species procreates through a sacred sermonic skin grafting ritual, but the idea of sex with a teenage human male she found truly grotesque.

Jan 11, 2019

Catapult’s Most Popular Stories of 2018

Cover Photo: “Dash around the lightship,” 1886 / via New York Public Library Digital Collections
How Shanties and Songs of the Sea Helped Me Weather the Storm of Depression
The language of depression can be curiously maritime. It comes in waves; it drowns us; it’s the Mariner’s albatross around our necks.
Aug 06, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Nicole Caputo for Catapult
Montrose, the Neighborhood That Gave Us Everything
Montrose was unofficially codified as the nexus of queer life in Houston. If you held a map to the wall, I could tell you how we came to be on those streets.
Oct 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by the Fischer Twins/Unsplash
Unheard Grief, Unmovable Men: How an Old Mexican Folktale Speaks to Our Pain Today
All the wrong people are crying, and all the people who ought to feel something do not.
Nov 05, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult
The Most Memorable Annual Pig Parade of Kharagpur
“Devilish,” said all of Kharagpur, after the Rosarios and their pig walked in the annual parade. “No pig’s supposed to jump backwards. Or laugh.”
Jan 04, 2019
Cover Photo: Detail from Margareta Haverman's "A Vase of Flowers"/Metropolitan Museum of Art
What Does it Mean to Kill Something That Can Fly?
You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.
Dec 21, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by Krianti/iStock
The History of Us
The Big was proof that there was a God, and proof that God did not exist.
Dec 14, 2018