Things We Do Not Talk About by Daniel Olivas
Things We Do Not Talk About is a natural companion to the study of Latino/a literature. In this candid, wide-ranging collection of personal essays & interviews, Daniel A. Olivas explores Latino/a literature at the dawn of the 21st century. While his essays address a broad spectrum of topics from the Mexican-American experience to the Holocaust, Olivas always returns to queries that have no easy answers—questions about writing and Chicano identity; literature; and the politics of everyday life, among others. Olivas has explored similar questions through almost a decade’s worth of interviews with Latino/a authors. Olivas dives deep to discover how these authors create prose and poetry while juggling families, facing bigotry, struggling with writer’s block, and deciphering a fickle publishing industry. Interviewees include: Aaron Abeyta, Daniel Alarcón, Francisco Aragón, Gustavo Arellano, Gregg Barrios, Richard Blanco, Margo Candela, Susana Chávez-Silverman, among others.