Punk rock and Plato are touchstones for incoming Assembly speaker

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Melanie Mason of the LA Times outlines Rendon's life story, philosophical tilt and plans for his speakership.

The philosophy section of the Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles is wedged in the back of the shop, but Anthony Rendon, a state assemblyman from Lakewood, had no trouble finding it.

"This is my little corner," he said during a visit, navigating quickly through the store, a bibliophile's paradise with dusty, used tomes and jazz playing over the speakers.

Here he's surrounded by the thinkers who have captivated him ever since he stumbled into a community college introduction to philosophy course. It started with Plato, who in chapter one of "The Republic" asked a provocative question: What is justice?