Republican upstarts have to avoid being co-opted into the culture of Washington.
Reason, January 1995I knew things had changed when I saw Al D'Amato on Nightline and he started talking about privatizing air traffic control. Al D'Amato, heretofore a hack extraordinaire, had latched on to an esoteric free-market policy idea developed by...my boss
The New, New World: Richard Rodriguez on culture and assimilation
Reason, August/September 1994Essayist Richard Rodriguez, best known for his 1982 book Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, is usually classified as an iconoclastic Mexican American writer with little patience for political correctness. The description is accurate but incomplete. He is, more broadly, a student of America--a subtle and perceptive observer of the tension between individual and community, self and culture, optimism and pessimism, in contemporary life. He is also deeply ambivalent, especially in his more-recent work, including last year's Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father. In that book, Rodriguez struggles with the loss of optimism, both his and California's, since his youth in -the 1 950s--the discovery of what Thomas Sowell might call "the constrained vision," the knowledge that "much in life is failure or compromise," just as his Mexican father said. For Rodriguez, though, this sense of life's limits is wedded to an appreciation for its possibilities. Editor Virginia Postrel and Assistant Editor Nick Gillespie talked with Rodriguez in Los Angeles in late April.
A Man of Two Heritages (Review of Days of Obligation)
The Wall Street Journal, February 17, 1993Richard Rodriguez is an American, Sacramento-born. Unlike the many immigrants, foreign and domestic, who people California, "I was born at the destination," he writes in "Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father"
The Real Story Goes Beyond Black and White
Los Angeles Times, May 08, 1992L.A. rioters were multiracial, and so were the victims. More polarized versions only feed bigotry.
Science and Vanity
Implants: Medicine, Feminism and Freedom
The Washington Post, January 26, 1992The United States has become a society fragmented not only by ethnicity and race but also by a multiplicity of cultural divisions of the sort that the British scientist and writer C.P. Snow once warned could destroy a society's ability to communicate. These cultural divides are especially striking in the current debate over whether to ban silicone breast implants.
How an enterprising first-time publisher gave the beloved children's book Mr. Pine a second life.
The Atlantic, June 2007