Cover Photo: Photograph via Finji
Playing ‘Tunic’ Reminds Me How to Approach Sickness and Recovery

Like the Fox in the video game ‘Tunic,’ remembering the past helped me face my struggles in the present with Covid.

Dec 01, 2022
Cover Photo: A GIF of a figure standing silhouetted at the end of an alley, scratching their head as if bemused. Around them, a dense bright wall of billboards and signs rise up on either side, flashing words like "Hey" and "Hurry" and "Act Now" and "Sale" in bright, garish letters.
Why Advertising Feels Like a Form of Urban Pollution

The problem isn’t encountering text, or even a lot of it. It’s the text that we encounter, the how and why of its coming to be.

Nov 30, 2022
Cover Photo: A screenshot of the actor Matthew Morrison from the show Glee, playing the drama teacher Will Schuester. He is wearing a checkered shirt and a sweater vest and has his hands spread out in an enthusiastic gesture while smiling.
Why Pop Culture Loves the Toxic Drama Teacher Trope

There is a great tradition of depicting the archetype of the unbridled, emotionally exploitative acting teacher.

Nov 29, 2022
Cover Photo: A headshot of Hilton Als wearing a coat with a large fur collar, next to the cover of his book MY PINUP.
Hilton Als Is Finding Language for the Inexpressible
In this conversation with Isabella Vega, Als discusses his new book ‘My Pinup,’ the nature of desire, and the vulnerability of writing.
Nov 08, 2022
Cover Photo: This header image has a picture of Cheryl Strayed sitting in a chair on the left hand side and a cover of her newest book, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, on the right hand side.
How’s the Writing Going, Cheryl Strayed?
“I love writing. I really do. Even though I often hate it at various points in the process. Learning to accept that has been so important to me.”
Nov 22, 2022
Cover Photo: This header image shows headshots of Kavita Das, Gaiutra Bahadur, and Gabrielle Bellot, along with the book cover of Craft and Conscience
The Risks, Realities, and Rewards of Writing About Social Issues
A roundtable with Kavita Das, the author of ‘Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues,’ and contributors Gaiutra Bahadur and Gabrielle Bellot.
Nov 28, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph looks through golden grasses in a prairie as the sun sets, washing the field in orange light.
a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being
Sep 22, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by Lucia Macedo/okeykat/Unsplash
Complicit Poem
When was the last time you chose / a glass of pinot over fair pay?
Sep 13, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Though, no man can disappoint me / as much as the body I was / born into. Kidding, obvi. I’m Chilling!
Aug 30, 2022
Cover Photo: An image of two adults looking at a girl on the swings
Give A Little
A sticky silence befalls the house for many weeks.
Nov 18, 2022
Cover Photo: This is a colorful illustration of a Black woman sitting in a blue chair with a child on her lap. The child's dress has American flags on it. There are two plants on either side of the chair and the drawing has many patterns.
The Americanization of Kambili
I hissed the words at her. “This, your America, it will kill you.”
Nov 04, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Model Home
Here’s the truth. We live in a model home in a prestigious village in a master-planned city. Beyond those borders, things aren’t so rosy.
Oct 28, 2022