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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCXI: Take the Armenian Beatdown

Gentle cabrones:Tonight, Canelo Álvarez will fight before a sold-out crowd, and hundreds of thousands more people watching at home via pay-per-view or Twitter. It’s the annual tradition of a big boxing match for the Cin...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCX: Water Deep

Gentle cabrones:This past Thursday was the third anniversary of the death of my mother from ovarian cancer. But I didn’t visit her grave on that day — I did what she would’ve wanted me to do. Be happy.Yeah, right.I visi...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCIX: Help Frog

Gentle cabrones:There was once...someone. Used to like me until they didn't — then they hated me.They would talk shit about me behind my back and in front of me. Got worse once my career started to rise, and theirs didn...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCVII: Bien Vestidito

Gentle cabrones:“Ven bien vestido,” my dad said before we went to go visit my Tío Gabriel yesterday.Come well dressed.It’s something my mom used to tell me too, although she would say “Ven bien vestidito.” Come very wel...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCVI: Check Your Hoses

Gentle cabrones:Soon after we bought our house about a decade ago, we began to buy rain barrels.We must’ve been in a drought at that point — and haven’t we always been in drought in a region that wasn’t meant to have so...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCV: Los Que Vengan, Vengan

Gentle cabrones:Spoke at Concordia University in Irvine this past week — it went okay, I think.I was asked to speak to the question “What is Truth?” — a heady topic, but par ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCIV: See Me/We Read My/Our Book/Books!

Gentle cabrones:This might be the shortest, most unimaginative canto you'll ever get, because it has just one purpose:SEE ME/WE/READ MY/OUR BOOK/BOOKS!Truth in advertising, you kn...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCII: Write Now

Gentle cabrones:Last weekend, I got a text that I had been wishing to get for years: Nick was finally able to tell the story of Rogelio.Short version of it: Rogelio Vasquez Solis ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CCI: It’s Not All Greek to Me

k Gentle cabrones:I rarely talk about past loves – because I’m happily married of course, but also because there’s not really much to talk about.I was a good Catholic boy, and...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CC: Not a Schmo, Not a Star

Gentle cabrones:We showed up to dinner at a restaurant in Costa MESA that we had enjoyed before. It was definitely a too-cool-for-school hangout, one of the last gasps of the Cost...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXCIX: The One Time I Played Quarterback/Pitcher

Gentle cabrones: If you were a cishet, American-born teenage zacatecano growing up in SoCal in the early 1990s, you wanted to be one of two things when you grew up: a pitcher, ...

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