March 08, 2020
Chris Byrd, The Catholic Sun
Dorothy Day has captured some headlines this week.
First a new biography:
“With Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century, John Loughery and Blythe Randolph — each an author of an acclaimed previous biography — add to a growing canon on Day, whom the Vatican has been considering for sainthood since 2000.” See full book review in the March 6, 2020 edition of the Washington Post.
Also, a new PBS series, reviewed here by The Catholic Sun:
“Complicated, flawed, often misunderstood and as controversial as she was beloved, Dorothy Day (1897-1980), co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, is the subject of the documentary Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story.
Wonderfully evocative and challenging, the independently produced hourlong film will air on PBS stations nationwide starting Friday, March 6 — in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Viewers should consult their local listings for broadcast times.
Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier (An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, 2017) wrote, directs and narrates Revolution of the Heart. Actress Susan Sarandon, who famously portrayed contemporary Catholic social activist Sr. Helen Prejean in the 1995 drama Dead Man Walking, reads excerpts from Day’s 1952 autobiography, The Long Loneliness.”