Dorothy Day: ‘Put Away Your Daily Paper’

Police flank Dorothy Day, seated at a farm workers picket line in Lamont, California, in 1973.
Police flank Dorothy Day, seated at a farm workers picket line in Lamont, California, in 1973.

“Turn off your radio. Put away your daily paper. Read one review of events a week and spend some time reading good books. They tell too of days of striving and of strife. They are of other centuries and also of our own. They make us realize that all times are perilous, that men live in a dangerous world, in peril constantly of losing or maiming soul and body. We get some sense of perspective reading such books. Renewed courage and faith and even joy to live.”–Dorothy Day (Journal Entry, 28 September 1940)

The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day edited by Robert Ellsberg (Marquette University Press, p 62)

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