Archive for the ‘books’ Category

January/February 2009

February 15, 2009

The following articles appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of the New York based Catholic Worker. Any web links below are to related materials on the web and not to the Catholic Worker.

  • To Welcome the Stranger by Jim Reagan – Commentary on our harsh immigration laws that break families apart. Refers to plights of RoxRoy Salmon and Jean Montrevil. Refers to the seemingly dead Child Citizen Protection Act and notes that about 280,000 immigrants are currently being detained by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  • Prisons Beyond  Guantanamo by Matt Vogel – An article that reminds readers that there is a whole host of overseas US prisons where human rights have been violated and those are just the prisons we know about. References Bagram in Afghanistan, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper in Iraq, as well as suspected prisons in Eastern Europe and Diego Garcia.
  • A Tragedy in Bushwick by Felton Davis – Chronicles the positive response of a community in the face of two brothers beaten (one to death) in Brooklyn either for walking arm in arm and/or daring to be immigrants. Deceased was Jose Sucuzhanay.
  • St. Pat’s in Miyako (Okinawa, Japan) by Pat Sullivan, OFM Cap – An account of the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Miyako.
  • Prophetic Voices Never Die by Louie Vitale, OFM – A reflection on how the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on war and poverty are applicable today.
  • My Sojourn at the NYCW by Francisco Fernandez – A recollection of his experiences at Catholic Worker houses back in the 1950s and his experience with US immigration authorities.
  • Book Review: Army of None by Aimee Allison and David Solnit. Seven Stories Press, New York, NY 2007. Reviewed by Fr. Bill Pickard. – Favorable review of book aiming to dry up pools of military applicants through “truth in recruiting” and building other opportunities for young people.  Asserts that only 6% of recruits get the bonuses promised to them. [Daniel’s note – If someone can either document that number or some other number, let me know and I’ll update this entry.]
  • Beds Taken by Bureaucracy by Tanya Theriault – Relates the struggles of faith-based homeless shelters to comply with New York City rules for aid. References New York Partnership for the Homeless and Coalition for the Homeless. Notes the dangers of faith-based organizations relying on government for assistance.
  • Book Review: The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2008. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. – Favorable review of book asserting that America is deeply threatened by consumerism, addiction to foreign oil and above all, a belief that we are divinely ordained to rule the world.
  • Cluster Bombs: No! by Bill Griffin – An exhortation for the United States to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions. References Travis Bradach-Nall, an American serviceman killed by US cluster munitions in July 2003 and a GAO report about US casualties from US mines and unexploded ordinance. Report appears to be Information on U.S. Use of Land Mines in the Persian Gulf War GAO-02-1003 (September 2002).
  • Chrystie Street by Edgar Forand – A reprint from the May 1963 Catholic Worker detailing the joys and many challenges of life in the Chrystie Street Catholic Worker House, including dealing with drug-addicted young people and getting fresh produce from convents.
  • Friendship in Community by Ted Walker – Reflections on his brief but uplifting friendship with the 91 year old Edgar Forand. Includes reflections on the need for quiet time and how relationships get formed.

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As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Oct/Nov 2008: Abbreviated

January 31, 2009

On the principle that something is better than nothing at all, this month’s digest will once again be a simple listing of titles and authors. This is for the October/November 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker.

Any hyperlinks below are to related information on the web and not to the article in the paper.

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As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Aug/Sep 2008: Abbreviated

January 24, 2009
A special note to Malfred, who is watching the CW Book List on WorldCat: This list isn’t going to change. If you want to watch a list for changes, please start watching http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/499969 instead. This is the list that will be updated with items mentioned in future issues of the Catholic Worker.
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On the principle that something is better than nothing at all, this month’s digest will once again be a simple listing of titles and authors of stories appearing in the Aug/Sept 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker.

Any hyperlinks below are to related information on the web and not to the article in the paper.

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As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Books and More Mentioned in CW

January 19, 2009

If you visit this site, you’ll see a new feature in the upper right-hand corner of the page – Books and More mentioned by CW. This is a list on WorldCat.org where I will enter items that I see mentioned in the NY Catholic Worker Newspaper. Items might show up there before a digest entry shows up.  If you don’t want to visit the site to check for new books, films and more mentioned by the Catholic Worker, subscribe to the RSS feed for the list at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/499969/rss. Or click on Books and More mentioned by CW and you’ll get a number of options for adding the list.

If you run a web site or blog, please feel free to incorporate the “Books and More” RSS feed into your own sites. Let’s spread the word of Catholic Worker reading together!

Catholic Worker Reading List

January 19, 2009

Dear Reader,
I am sorry I have neglected this digest for so long.  I am slowly getting back into rhythm of things after our historic election.

As a down payment on the work I know I need to catch up on, I offer you a web version of the CW Book List published in the August/September 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker. The list is intended to be “a list of some of the books that deal with the Catholic Worker Movement.”

My version of the list is posted to WorldCat, a sort of global catalog for libraries and can be found at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/499609 . In addition to seeing many (though not all) libraries that own these books, you can use the author and subjects to do further exploration in these subjects.  If books on this list are not available in your local library, then ask them to borrow a title or two through Interlibrary Loan.

In all book records, a purchase link to Amazon is provided. In many cases, you can read excerpts of the book online if there is a link labeled “preview.”

If you have read any of the books on this list and are willing to write a short review, please leave a comment to this blog posting. I’ll post the review into the WorldCat.org record so others can see it.

The CW referred users wishing a more complete list should check with the Catholic Worker archives at Marquette University at http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html. I’ve likely said this before, so take with a grain of salt. I hope to catch up on the digest in the next few weeks. Pray for me that I get this done.

June/July 2008, Abbreviated

August 2, 2008

On the principle that something is better than nothing at all, this month’s digest will be a simple listing of titles and authors of stories appearing in the June/July 2008 issue of the Catholic Worker. I do urge you to find a hard copy of this issue though, there were two beautiful reflections on Tamar Hennessy. Tamar was Dorothy Day’s daughter who passed away this year. It sounds like she lived a beautiful, quiet life accepting all that God gave her and it was inspiring to learn more from her.

Any hyperlinks below are to related information on the web and not to the article in the paper.

No “Friday Meetings” were listed in this issue of the Catholic Worker.

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As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

October/November 2007

November 3, 2007

The October/November 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Divinity Here and Now by Dorothy Day – Reprint of 1949 article reflecting on how motherhood brings a person out of themselves and provides faith life will continue. Also reflects on every Christian’s call to sainthood.
  • Recommendation & Request by Jim Forest and Robert Ellsberg – Jim Forest recommends the DVD version of the Dorothy Day biographical play Fool for Christ. Robert Ellsberg is beginning to collect and edit the letters of Dorothy Day. If you have some letters or know who does, please contact Robert Ellsberg at at Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 10545.
  • In Human Terms by Bill Griffin – Commends the work of Ha’aretz columnist Amira Hass for humanizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • CIW & Prison Phone Updates by Matt Vogel – These two short articles celebrate victories for justice. The Coalition of Immokale Workers, a Florida-based agricultural union convinced McDonald’s to pay growers an extra penny a pound for tomatoes. This agreement also raises workers wages and improves working conditions. In a separate update, the State of New York has agree to stop profiting from inmate phone cards. Work to get other states to follow suit is being undertaken by the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • Torture on Trial in Arizona by Bill Quigley – Account of the ongoing trial of Fransican Fr. Louis Vitale and Jesuit Fr. Stephen Kelly for attempting to deliver a protest letter to the Fr. Huachuca office of Major General Barbara Fast. Article touches on incidents of US torture and the suicide of Abu Gharib interrogator Army Specialist Alyssa R. Peterson. According to the article, the outcome of the trial will not affect November 2007 protests planned for Ft. Huachuca. For information about the trial or the November protest, contact Jack or Felice Cohen-Joppa at 520-323-8697. Daniel’s Note: according to the group Pace e Bene, the two priests have been given a five month prison sentence.
  • Remember, Respond, Resist by Tanya Theriault – Accounts of remembrance and resistance relating to the American atomic bombings of WWII and our current occupation of Iraq.
  • Wrenched from My Heart by John Pitts Corry – A reflection on our obligations to the poor and how we in the West are all rich because we have shones.
  • Cardinal Lustiger, 1926-2007 by Bill Griffin – Obituary for Jewish convert and conservative French Catholic Bishop. Description of the complexity of his life and work and of his role in reconciling Catholics and Jews.
  • Beth Rogers, 1919-2007 by Felton Davis – Obituary of a long-time Catholic Worker and senior circulation manager. Has a number of reflections from the 1940s/1950s.
  • Grace Paley by Dan Mauk – Brief death notice and tribute to Grace by someone saved from a police beating by her vigilence.
  • Blessed Franz! by Jane Sammon – A celebration of the beatification of Franz Jagerstatter, German draft resister who rejected idolatory of the State. Suggests Jagerstatter as a patron for today’s objectors.
  • Book Review: Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation. By Martin Laird, OSA. Oxford University Press New York 2006. Reviewed by Robert Trabold. – Favorable review of a guide to contemplative prayer.

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As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

To Subscribe:

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

June/July 2007 – Book List

August 19, 2007

The following nine books were mentioned in the June/July issue of Catholic Worker. Full digest to follow soon. See hyperlinked list at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/16987


Circus days & nights
by Robert Lax; Paul J Spaeth
Type: Book
Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2000.

The circus of the sun
by Robert Lax; Emil Antonucci
Type: Book : Poetry
Publisher: New York : Journeyman Books, 1959.

Dying is not death
by Lee Hoinacki
Type: Book
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Resource Publications, ©2006.

The gift : poems by the great Sufi master
by Ḥāfiẓ; Daniel James Ladinsky
Type: Book
Publisher: New York : Arkana, 1999.

Introduction to Christianity.
by Benedict, Pope
Type: Book
Publisher: [New York] Herder and Herder [1970, ©1969]

The man in the sycamore tree; the good times and hard life of Thomas Merton.
by Edward Rice
Type: Book
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1970.

Merton and friends : a joint biography of Thomas Merton, Robert Lax, and Edward Rice
by James J Harford
Type: Book Internet Resource Internet Resource
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2006.

The question
by Henri Alleg
Type: Book Internet Resource Internet Resource
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2006.

Torture : religious ethics and national security
by John Perry
Type: Book Internet Resource Internet Resource
Publisher: Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, ©2005.

May 2007

July 15, 2007

The May 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:

  • Nina Poycn Moore, 1914-2007 by Patrick Jordan – Obituary of “one of the longest associated members of the Catholic Worker family” who died February 10, 2007 at the age of 92. One-Time owner of the St. Benet Bookshop in Chicago. Described herself as a “merchant princess and trafficker in crucifixes.” The May 2007 issue features related articles from Rosalie Riegle and Ed Turner.
  • Our Founder, Peter Maurin by Dorothy Day – Reprint from May 1951 issue praising Peter Maurin, especially for his habit of finding areas of agreement with those he strongly differed from. Also contains reflections of what a strong commitment to Christianity really entails.
  • US Ignores Refugees’ Plight by Cathy Breen – Letters from Jordan illustrating the problems of the millions of Iraqis forced from their homes and criticizes the United States for a lack of attention and resources towards a problem largely of our own creation.
  • New York Catholic Worker by Editors – Roundup of news and visitors from the New York Catholic Worker Houses – St. Joseph House, Maryhouse and Peter Maurin Farm.
  • Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker by Editors – A yearly reprint, available online, of what the Catholic Worker movement believes in, including societal transformation based on personalism, a decentralized society and a “green revolution” that puts people closer to their food.
  • Clare Danielsson, 1935-2007 by Tom Cornell – Obituary of Boughton Place cofounder and director who died February 8, 2007 at age 71.
  • Veterans’ Crisis by Bill Griffin – Criticism of the Bush Administration’s decision to remove 16,000+ veterans off the nonmortal wounding list on the basis they did not require medivacing. Suggests this was done as effort to hide true cost of war. Author shares information on lack of government resources for returning vets and speaks approvingly of Veterans for America, 1025 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005, Phone 202-557-7590. Letters should be sent to the attention of Pam Chadwick or Adrienne Willis.
  • Left Forum in New York City by Bill Griffin – Highlights of the March “Left Forum 2007 — Forging a Radical Political Future” held in New York at the Cooper Union. Speakers cited as outstanding by the author were Henry Cox, Gary Dorrien, Frances Fox Piven and Mindy Thompson Fullilove.
  • “Mary Help” Remembered by Janet Bonica – A woman baptized in New York’s Mary Help of Christians (MHC) church reflects on her parish and its history on the eve of its closure. The author notes that Dorothy Day was a regular worshipper at MHC and says parishioners wonder whether “soaring real estate values and development of the East Village” contributed the Archdiocese’s decision to close MHC.
  • Conversions and Conscience by Michael True – Author compares and contrasts the lives of John Henry Newman and Dorothy Day. Commends study of John Henry Newman to young Catholics.

This issue of the Catholic Worker featured a number of books and other items available at a number of the world’s libraries. I’ve created a list of these items at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/9459.

 

 

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As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:

 

1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.

 

2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:

Phil Runkel
Archivist
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
Marquette University
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
414-288-5903
http://www.marquette.edu/library/collections/archives/day.html

3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.

 

To Subscribe:

 

Even you if you don’t like what you see here, I encourage you to try a subscription to the Catholic Worker. They will give you a subscription for $0.25/year (If you want to cover the actual costs of a subscription, send them $10). You can hardly do better than a quarter a year!

 

Send your subscription requests to:

Catholic Worker
36 East 1st St.
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212-777-9617 or 212-677-8627.

 

Even if you think you hate the Catholic Worker movement and all it stands for, subscribe anyway. See what the other side is doing. Also get it for the obituaries. Nowhere else will you find people memorializing the marginalized the way the Catholic Worker celebrates the lives that come through their houses of hospitality. Everyone can learn something about how to see every person’s dignity by perusing these obituaries.

Books and More in May 2007 CW

July 10, 2007

Hi All,

Today I received the May 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker and I hope to post the digest in the next week or so.

While you’re waiting, let me introduce a new CW-related feature. Starting with this issue, I’m creating WorldCat lists of books, journals, films and other library type materials mentioned in the Catholic Worker. You can think of WorldCat as a computerized card catalog for most of the world’s libraries. There are exceptions, but it’s a discussion only librarians would want to have.

This issue’s list can be found at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/9459

So, what can you do with this list? Several things:

1) You can see if a library near you owns the book. For example, go to the list and click on “The war at home : the domestic costs of Bush’s militarism” Scroll down and you’ll see a list of libraries that hold the item. In my case none of the libraries are in my home town. But that’s no problem as we move to the second thing you can do…

2) You can use the information about an item to request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from your local library. Most libraries borrow stuff they don’t have from other libraries. Usually, but not always this service is free to you even though it costs the library money. Click on a title, and print off the page and take it to your local library and they will help you complete an ILL request. If you are reading this from a college or special library, you might be able to make this ILL request at the computer. Just look for a button on the screen that says “get this item” or “ILL”.

3) You can find related materials if a book or video excites you. Going back to my example of “The war at home : the domestic costs of Bush’s militarism”, you’ll see the record has a section marked “subjects” and the underlined words “United States. — Politics and government — 2001- | Militarism — United States. | Bush, George W. ” If you click on any of these underlined phrases, you’ll get a list of books and other materials on that topic. So this can be a good way to expand your social justice reading list.

So, please check out this issue’s list at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/9459 and let me know if you find this to be a worthwhile feature.