Thursday, December 25, 2014
December 25, 2014: AmericanWishing: Dorothy Day’s Writings
[As I’ve done each of the last few years, I wanted to spend this holiday week sharing some wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves. For this year’s, I’ll be sharing five texts I wish all Americans had the chance to read. I’d love to hear about your wishlists as well!]
As I wrote in this post nominating her for the Hall of Inspiration, I can’t think of any Americans whose “life and legacy are more truly Christian,” as I (admittedly not a practicioner of that faith) would define the concept, than Dorothy Day. Whatever our individual beliefs or communities, Christianity—in both its worst and best forms—has had a profound impact on American society and culture. And there’s no better body of texts to read to engage with the best forms and their impacts than Day’s collected writings. If you’re looking for some Christmas Day reading, I can’t think of a better choice.
Last wish tomorrow,
PS. What would you wish for?