Cosmic Aeroplane Addendum: Bruce Roberts

Written by Becky S. Roberts

July CATALYST's story on Salt Lake's iconic bookstore, the Cosmic Aeroplane, ("Cosmic Aeroplane: A Love Story," a memoir by James Taylor) stirred many memories among the over-40 locals, and was a counterculture history lesson for everyone else. One player who was inadequately addressed in the story was co-owner Bruce Roberts. His sister, Becky, shares with us the role Bruce played in the store and in the broader community.

Sex Ed Taboos and Teen Moms

Written by Jeannette Culas

At 16 I found myself taking that shaming walk to the school principal's office, a place I had never been before. I was always a good student, and never talked back to my teachers or other students. The reason for this trip was a mystery to me. However, when it was my turn to face the beast within, I found that my summons was due to an article I had written for the school paper. This article was about sex education. I had written an article similar to the one here. However, because it contained the word "condom," it was not allowed to print.

Notes from an Extremophile

Written by Pax Rasmussen

I've always thought of myself as an outsider, in the general sense, if not the particular. I've usually had a small circle of friends, in which I definitely felt included, but I've seen myself as "outside" of society as a whole. More than an outsider, in fact: an active resister, a dissident, sometimes a crank. My whole life I've seen mainstream culture as uninteresting, distasteful, even downright evil. From oligarchy to a militarized police state, from Britney Spears to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, one can justify that viewpoint. Instead, I'm here to consider how these thoughts and feelings have brought me to a major life decision.

Utility: Solar in the City

Written by Cammy Staker

Artspace Solar Gardens, 850 South 400 West, spans a city block on the west side of downtown Salt Lake City. This mixed use building has over 100 tenants and includes residential and commercial space. The residents of this building enjoy the benefit of not paying a monthly power bill.

Ancient Folk Medicine, Modern Practices

Bee-created products, more than just honey, have been used by humans for millennium as healing remedies. Called apitherapy, this alternative medicine encompasses the use of pollen, propolis, raw honey, royal jelly, and bee venom. None of these products or practices have been widely tested or promoted by modern Western medical science and rarely are they even addressed by the complementary medical community, but apitherapy practices are ancient.

Comings & Goings

What's new around town.
by Sophie Silverstone and Jim Hensler

Shall We Dance?

Written by Amy Brunvand
Published in Regulars & Shorts

A new season of Dance: 2014-15 season preview
by Amy Brunvand


Written by Amy Brunvand
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Environmental news from around the state and the West.
by Amy Brunvand

Slightly Off Center

Written by Dennis Hinkamp
Published in Regulars & Shorts

The future.
by Dennis Hinkamp

Yoga Pose of the Month: Baddha Konasana

Written by Pax Rasmussen
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Barre to blankets.
by Charlotte Bell