Richard Rodriguez …

… has a new book out, a collection of essays called Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography. Should be good. A gay American of Mexican descent, Rodriguez always has some smart things to say about race and identity, usually contrarian. For him the clash of cultures is less war than erotic entanglement. “What Latin America might give the United States,” he noted in his last book, Brown, “is a playful notion of race. Already the definitive blond in America is Tina Turner.” The title essay of the new book appeared in the July issue of Harper’s, but I guess they’d prefer you buy the whole deal. Non-subscribers only get a sneak peak.

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