"The recurrent strands of his thought—family, education, race, sex, California, America, Mexico—gain a new resonance each time and stand, in the end, for the complexity of a whole greater than the sum of its parts." —The New York Times Book Review"Brown is an elegant, nuanced plea for the individual as the primary force in American life.... But as admirable as it is in its vision, Brown is more intriguing for it honesty about the author's desires and frustrations." —San Francisco Chronicle
"The best American essayist."
Richard Rodriguez works as an editor at the Pacific News Service in San Francisco and is a contributing editor for Harper's magazine and the Sunday "Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times. He appears regularly as an essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.