Sunday, December 28, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: L.A. CATHOLIC WORKER JEFF DIETRICH'S THE GOOD SAMARITAN



This week The Tidings, the archdiocesan newspaper of L.A., has both a feature on and the review of a book by L.A. Catholic Worker Jeff Dietrich.

The book is called The Good Samaritan and I wrote the review--which was a treat as Jeff is a long-time friend.

Here's how it begins:

"A couple of Sundays ago, I drove over to Loyola Marymount for a reading by Jeff Dietrich, a founding member of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. Members of the LACW run a soup kitchen in downtown’s Skid Row, offer shelter, food, and care to the marginalized and dying at their house in Boyle Heights, and regularly vigil for peace.

Published by Marymount Institute Press, The Good Samaritan is a handsome book — Jeff’s third — with a gray matte cover, ivory lettering and a raised illustration of Van Gogh’s iconic “The Good Samaritan” in sumptuous oranges and greens.

The essays are complemented by Madeline Wilson’s stunning black- and-white photographs and the superb woodcuts of Rufo Noriega. Printed on heavy photographic stock, the end result is just the kind of fine work we Catholics — especially we Catholics — should aim for: a book that demonstrates across-the-board excellence in craft, subject matter, layout, artwork, editing and publishing."

READ THE REST HERE.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Heather, Hope you're having a blessed Christmas. Can you tell me where one might be able to buy this book? I'm usually pretty good at tracking things down online but I'm not having any luck in this case. Thanks. Pax et bonum, Lee

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  2. Not Heather here, but replying from here on the East Coast... look at second book in this list. http://academics.lmu.edu/marymount/marymountpress/upcoming/

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  3. Heather, your excellent review has created an appetite for Mr Dietrich's book; I may have to order it.

    And isn't The Catholic Agitator a marvelous name for a paper?

    Dorothy Day's remark about the Berrigans seems to me spot-on. Jail isn't a walk down Newbury Street! (My own experience was blessedly brief, but eye-opening!)

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