The Lightbearers

is a continued and deepening investigation into the themes of my previous book on mysticism, but this time focusing on how spirituality can be sustained in a world of horrors. I depict and analyze individuals who are victims of or actively engaged in the world’s worst conflicts, wars and genocides, but who sustain an inner light and a spiritual presence. One of the portraits is of Dorothy Day. Writing on Dorothy Day has been a cherished opportunity to reconnect with some of the themes that engaged me when I was a member of The Living Theatre forty years ago. I’ve been able to use some of my knowledge and appreciation of American  political radicalism, which more often than European and especially Swedish radicalism, has been nourished by spiritual sources.