Rodriguez's latest book, his first since 2002, is Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography. I can't wait to read it. My anticipation has been enhanced by Scott Timberg's interview with Rodriguez at Salon. Here is a taste:
Friday, December 20, 2013
Richard Rodriguez on Religion, Politics, and Newspapers
Since I first read Hunger of Memory about ten years ago, Richard Rodriguez has been a formative influence on my thinking. When most people think about this book they think about Rodriguez's opposition to affirmative action and bilingual education. These are strong arguments and I hope you will read Hunger of Memory and consider them. But I found this book so important because it told the story of a first-generation college student and how that student struggled to live the tension between his roots and his ambitions. I would even go as far to say that some of these ideas informed my work in The Way of Improvement Leads Home.