In 1967 movie Wait Until Dark, a sadistic criminal, played by Alan Arkin, traps housewife Susy (Audrey Hepburn) in her New York apartment, forcing her to fight him to the death. Watching the film recently, my mind toggled back and forth between critiquing its ludicrous plot and surrendering to the terror it depicts. What lends such an absurd movie such real power over my mind?
We're excited to print an excerpt from the introduction of Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers, a new book by Idelisse Malavé and Esti Giordani that sifts through a profusion of data to identify the most telling and often surprising facts of contemporary Latino life with glimpses of the past and future. It comes out on January 27 from The New Press—preorder a copy here.
Although the United States is routinely and proudly referred to as “a country of immigrants,” waves of immigration still inspire economic and cultural fears. Latino immigrants have been greeted with a familiar litany, most commonly, “They’re stealing our jobs!”