Cover Photo: A strange, fantastical, beautiful illustration of a smiling figure holding a head severed from its body
Illustrating at a Social Distance: On Beardsley, Wilde, and ‘Salome’

Maybe Beardsley’s illustrations are divergent because he, like everybody else, couldn’t quite understand what Wilde was going for in the play.

May 27, 2020
Cover Photo: Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
Of Mufflers and Men: A Comic

Adapted and reinvented and reborn—not venerated, but persistent, present, iconic. Is this such a bad fate?

May 27, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of  John Everett Millais's 'Ophelia' in which Ophelia lays in water surrounded by a lush  green landscape. She is wearing a dress and her head and hands are above water. Flowers surround her in the water.
Playing Ophelia Helped Me Navigate My Own Grief

She sings and speaks in lewd riddles, mourning her father’s untimely death and her abandonment by Hamlet, her lover.

May 26, 2020

For Pride Month, Works by Queer Writers:

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: A photo of the author sitting in a backyard in Paris.
In an America on Fire, Baldwin’s Legacy Led Me to Paris
Just as America’s horrors led Baldwin to flee decades before, I waded through my own fear as a gay, black man coming of age in an America burning once again.
Dec 02, 2019
Cover Photo: illustration of a woman reading a book amidst lush, larger-than-life green foliage
The Wildness of Maurice Sendak
Just as Sendak inverts a stereotypical association of white with youthful ingenuousness, Max inverts the expectations of many a children’s morality tale, for he is allowed to be wild.
Feb 12, 2020
Cover Photo: An Asian man wearing a face mask that covers his mouth and nose
Love and Silence in Asian America
If the world responds to our silence and not to our love, then it teaches us that silence is a condition of our development.
May 20, 2020
Cover Photo: A colorful illustration of Lana Del Rey wearing a white cut-out summer dress and flower crown in her hair, tears falling from her eyes.
My Years of Summertime Sadness
She’s loved and lost and lost and lost and yet still loves, and I root for this assertion to take root. Every sweetheart deserves their summers.
May 20, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a girl  sitting on a bed reading,  while out of the book comes an  image of a rendering of the Gwangju uprising—soldiers with gun,  people on the floor, a red  ground.
From Haunting to Healing: On the Gwangju Uprising and ‘Human Acts’
To this day, I don’t know how my father experienced the Gwangju uprising.
May 18, 2020
Cover Photo: A photo of a woman with black hair moving between rows and rows of tourists in beach chairs. We can only see her back.
Hotel La Plantación
They like flirting with local women. When they’re satisfied with the season, they catch a plane and go back to gringolandia.
Cover Photo: A photo of a dark staircase bathed in the pink neon light of a sign shaped like an unsettling smiley face.
There Is No Human Resources Department at the Candy Cooperative
The bubbly letters were both a direction and a justification for the lines of people who shelled out $37.50 for a forty-five-minute “experience” at “the sweetest place on earth.”
May 15, 2020
Cover Photo: The ghostly image of an empty white room, its window being opened by a hand glowing in the sun.
Solitude Is a Human Presumption
Why can’t we imagine, just for the sake of argument, that a joyful spirit leaves some of themselves behind—an echo of joy in a place they once loved?
May 08, 2020