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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXV: Gustavo’s Graduation Speech to Young Latino Reporters

Gentle cabrones: It's graduation season again, which means I'm getting invited to give commencement speeches again Giving a private one tomorrow at a outdoor graduation party, and giving a high school one later th...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXIV: The Drink You Leave at the Bar

Gentle cabrones: He sidled up to me at the bar as I sat alone, waiting for a friend. I pretended not to notice him, but he knew I was bluffing. He pretended not to notice me, but I knew he was bullshitting. This w...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXIII: Do Deontological You!

Gentle cabrones: The spring semester for Orange Coast College is over, so I turned in my grades this week. Good class! Mix of experienced writers and newbies, older students and not, people who are fans of mine an...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXII: Did You Remember Your Plugs?

Gentle cabrones: Is there something in your life that you always think you can do without and go off in life without it, something that just takes a little extra step to accomplish — then get screwed when you don't h...

Canto CLXI: The Rambo You Get

Gentle cabrones: Years and years and years ago, my dad bought me a toy Rambo. I can't exactly remember when. It wasn't 1985, when Rambo: First Blood, Part II came out, because I was more into Commando that year. I...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXI: I Shall Grow Bald, I Shall Grow Bald

Gentle cabrones: I'm not a looker — never have, never will.About seven women and maybe two guys in my entire life have ever deemed me handsome. I’m nearsighted and astigmatic. ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLX: Better not be Bitter

Gentle cabrones:I hadn’t seen my friend in years, so I was super-happy to meet up with him for dinner some time ago. I was an assignment and far away from our old stomping grounds...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLIX: The Time I Met Nolan Ryan

Gentle cabrones: When I was a preteen, there was no one I wanted to be more than Nolan Ryan. He was a legendary pitcher with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers while I was...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLVIII: I WERK to Honor my Mami

Gentle cabrones: So there I was, fresh from chatting with two MacArthur geniuses: UCLA profe Kelly Lytle Hernandez and USC profe Natalia Molina. We had just just finished a ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLVII: Jealousy Just Doesn’t Work!

This is not a humblebrag on my part — I swear! — but people have been jealous of me nearly my entire life.They were jealous of me when my mami would make me peanut butter-and-jell...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLVI: You Can’t Always Grow Chiles

Gentle cabrones: The spring and summer garden is...getting there. Tomatoes in the front, with basil as a companion plant. A couple of eggplants; a shitload of sunflowers (I'...

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