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Folding the Digest, keeping book lists

May 9, 2009

After some reflection and a little prayer, I’ve decided that it is time to close the Catholic Worker Digest.

When I started the Digest back in August 2004, I had several purposes. The first was to give online exposure to the type of articles found in the Catholic Worker newspaper. The great Catholic Worker Movement web site was up at that time, but seemed mostly useful as a reference resource about the movement. I didn’t notice other people providing an ongoing CW perspective. So I figured I’d provide summaries of Catholic Worker articles and provide people with ways of either subscribing to the newspaper or accessing the archives at Marquette University.

In 2009, there are a lot of places to explore an ongoing Catholic Worker perspective on current events. Check out Pie and Coffee or any of the other numerous CW blogs. Or check out CW newspapers from Houston, Los Angeles, or other areas.  There is also Frank Codaro’s seemingly comprehensive email list of all things Catholic Worker. I suspect that if you e-mail him at frank.cordaro@gmail.com, he’d be willing to add you to his list.

Aside from exposing more people to CW thinking, I started a blog for the digest for these reasons:

  • I want to be able to update the digest from anywhere.
  • I’m not as timely as I’d like to be, so offering a RSS feed via blogger might make the Digest easier to use and find updates.
  • I hope that if anyone actually reads the digest, we can start having discussions about the material in the Worker. I personally only know one other Catholic Worker subscriber, but we don’t get together much. I’d really like to hear your thoughts about what the NY house writes.
  • Even if no one else comments, having the comments turned on will let me provide comments on specific issues while not sacrificing the “just the facts, ma’am” tone of the main entries.

Well, I’ve never really been able to keep the Digest up to date for any length of time. I’m once again two issues behind.

The digest has rarely sparked discussions. I’ve gotten some very kind e-mails over the past several years, but the sort of sustained discussion I hoped for is lacking in this blog. Additionally, there are now many other online forums to have “clarification of thought.” In addition to CW blogs, there are numerous CW oriented groups on Facebook and other social media sites.

Finally, I think ending the digest will enable me to do a few extended commentaries on some stuff I read in the New York Catholic Worker because I’ll be freed from the need to sound purely descriptive, as a digest should be. Reading Cathy Breen’s dispatches from Iraq, Jordan and Syria over the years has just been heartbreaking and it’d be good to write something more than “Article documents the plight of Iraqi refugees, including their inability to get visas.” about them. I haven’t done much specifically CW yet, over at my personal blog of Alaskan Librarian, but stay tuned.

This web site will stay up as a partial online index to the Catholic Worker. I also intend to keep up my WorldCat list of “Mentioned in the Catholic Worker” at http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/CatholicWorkerDigest/lists/499969.

Thanks to the dozen or so of you who have written or commented over the past five years.  I’ve had fun with this and believe I’ve introduced a few people to the movement started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. But now its time to stop duplicating (in my view) the work of others and encourage you to explore the wider Catholic Worker universe. God Bless!

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.

Has anyone out there got Dec 2007?

December 29, 2007

UPDATE 1/16/2008 – December 2007 arrived today.
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Hi All,

In case you’ve been wondering why a new digest hasn’t come out this month, it’s because I’ve yet to receive my December 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker. I haven’t seen it in my church either, which for whatever reason gets the Worker about a week before I get mine at home.

I know the Worker has been having problems getting stuff mailed to locations outside the lower 48. So if you read this blog, and you’ve received a copy would you either leave me a comment or send me an e-mail letting me know what city you live in and when you got your copy?

Even better, if you’d take one of the previous digest entries as a model, I’d really appreciate it if you would put together a “guest digest” and e-mail it to me at dnlcornwall “AT” alaska.net. I’ll give you credit when the entry is posted.

I will probably pull this entry if my copy of CW comes in before someone sends me a guest digest.

Thanks and I hope you have a blessed 2008 with an outpouring of justice. – Daniel

Welcome to Catholic Worker Digest

November 19, 2006

Hello and welcome. Thanks for your interest in things Catholic Worker.

My name is Daniel Cornwall, and I have been publishing short summaries of stories that appear in the Catholic Worker since the August/September 2004 issue. I’ve called this the Catholic Worker Digest and all of the ones I’ve done up to the time of this writing can be found at http://web.acsalaska.net/~dcornwall/cwd/index.html

I have been doing this because to the best of my knowledge the Catholic Worker newspaper does not publish anything online and I think more people need to be exposed to the articles. But simply retyping them would be a major copyright violation. So I try to just write a few sentences that hopefully will prompt a few people here and there to either ILL a specific article or to subscribe to the Catholic Worker. Subscription information is included in every issue of the Digest.

I’ve decided to move the Digest to a blog format for a couple of reasons:

  • I want to be able to update the digest from anywhere.
  • I’m not as timely as I’d like to be, so offering a RSS feed via blogger might make the Digest easier to use and find updates.
  • I hope that if anyone actually reads the digest, we can start having discussions about the material in the Worker. I personally only know one other Catholic Worker subscriber, but we don’t get together much. I’d really like to hear your thoughts about what the NY house writes.
  • Even if no one else comments, having the comments turned on will let me provide comments on specific issues while not sacrificing the “just the facts, ma’am” tone of the main entries.

Feel free to comment even if you don’t agree with the articles in a given issue. One of the CW’s cofounders, Peter Maurin believed in meetings for “clarification of thought” and perhaps this could be a space for clarification.

My plan is to upload prior editions of the Catholic Worker Digest so people have an opportunity to comment. Then I’ll start getting caught up on the three undigested issues of the Worker I’ve got sitting around my house.

Hope you find these articles interesting and that they will lead you into learning more about the Catholic Worker Movement and/or Catholic Social Teaching. Links to both can be found on the right hand side of this blog.