Your Brain on Altitude

Written by Alice Toler

Depression and suicide are serious problems in Utah. In 2012, 545 Utahns took their own lives—more than the number of people who died in auto fatalities. We aren't alone in this disturbing ranking; in fact, Utah is squarely in the middle of the USA's "suicide belt"—a geographical area which encompasses the Intermountain West. Suicide rates are similarly high in Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.

On the Cover: Phil Lewis

Written by Pax Rasmussen
Published in Regulars & Shorts

You'll remember Phil as our October cover artist "Electric Fox". When we saw "Forest King" we couldn't resist inviting him back for our December issue and Phil graciously agreed. His images are so vivid, graphic, colorful and happy that we can not get enough of them.

Editor's Notebook

The boiler in this big ol' house that is home to CATALYST, and to me, too, heaved its last sigh in late fall. Why the new one hasn't been installed yet is a boring story I won't tell. Suffice it to say the old behemoth finally got dismantled and carted away yesterday, and my radiators should be gurgling again by December 1 if the shipping company can figure out where the heck my new boiler went.

Don't Get Me Started

Written by John deJong
Published in Regulars & Shorts

So, Anyway... by John Cleese.
by John deJong

Environews

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 five kinds of non-Mormons.
by Dennis Hinkamp

Renshaw

Written by Alice Toler

Depression and suicide are serious problems in Utah. In 2012, 545 Utahns took their own lives—more than the number of people who died in auto fatalities. We aren't alone in this disturbing ranking; in fact, Utah is squarely in the middle of the USA's "suicide belt"—a geographical area which encompasses the Intermountain West. Suicide rates are similarly high in Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.

Shall We Dance?

Written by Amy Brunvand
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Some dance books to put under the tree.
by Amy Brunvand

Plan-B Theatre Re-imagines the Holiday Seasons

The world premieres of Christmas With Misfits, Julie Jensen's darkly comic quartet of short plays, and Marry Christmas, Elaine Jarvik's celebration of the first anniversary of marriage equality, may just be the region's most unique stage offerings this holiday season.

Comings & Goings

Written by Staff
Published in Regulars & Shorts

What's new around town.