April 30th, 2007

Me

Book 8

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)

Page count: 2,282 of targeted 12,500.

It's been a couple of weeks since I finished this somewhere at sea between France, Cornwall, and Ireland. I'd better log it before I forget completely.

The Long Loneliness is Dorothy Day's autobiography, and it is also a history or her Catholic Worker movement. In many ways it parallels Thomas Merton's autobiography, The Seven-Storey Mountain, without the latter's egocentrism.

Day's lack of ego makes her account easier to read than Merton's, but it is also a source of frustration at times. Indeed, her love for others and for Christ comes through strongly throughout the narrative, but I sometimes found myself thinking, "Enough about so-and-so, tell us more about yourself!"

The Long Loneliness was a good companion read with St. John of the Cross' Dark Night of the Soul. The former exemplifies in practical terms what the latter exhorts in idealized (and often difficult to grasp) terms.