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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLI: The Shirts I Haven’t Worn

Gentle cabrones: In the corner of my closet is a bag filled with Western-wear shirts, faux-pearl buttons and all. I bought them a year ago at a Starr Western store in El Paso, a day before I left my favorite Texas...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CL: Good, Bad, and Screamers Junior High Teachers

Gentle cabrones: Following the success of my canto on my elementary school teachers, here's the ones I had at Sycamore Junior High. My hell years. A teacher once told me that junior high is the most painful yea...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLIX: Just Get Me in the Room

Gentle cabrones: My former co-workers and friends know that when they need a reference for a job that they're applying to, I'm the guy. I'm a Mexican Tex Rickard, a P.T. Barnum without the colonialism or exploitat...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLVIII: The Um Uh Basically Essentially Test

Gentle cabrones: Every Monday (unless it's Tuesday), I have a weekly commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 called the “Orange County Line” — but you knew that, right? Because you read all the stories I include in my cantos ...

How Cal-Mex Classic La Chiquita Restaurant in Santa Ana has Weathered COVID-19

This article was generously sponsored by the Aztlan Journalism Fund — gracias, anonymous donor! For 25 years, a line of cars greeted Sammy Montoya nearly every morning as he put out tables for lunchtime at his La Chi...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLVII: When You’re Down, Then What?

Gentle cabrones: Did you see the HBO documentary on Tiger Woods? Man, what a psychological takedown. Child is the father of man...unless your problematic dad turns you in...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLVI: More Than a Fastball

Gentle cabrones: It might’ve been in North Dakota, or Wyoming, or Long Beach – I can’t remember anymore. But I’ll always remember the exchange. I was talking to college stud...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLV: Neruda, My Spanish High School Teacher, and Me

Gentle cabrones: There's the one teacher you know from the start changed your life, and you spend the rest of it praising them for it. There are the teachers you remember as co...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLIV: If Not You, Then Who?

Gentle cabrones: One of the best parts about being a reporter is the life lessons you learn along the way — not just from the people you talk to, but the people you don't. I...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLIII: Bullies I Have Endured

Gentle cabrones: With a bully in the White House and bullies fresh on my mind after having watched the surprisingly deep Cobra Kai, why not revisit some of my previous antagoni...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLII: Gustavo’s 2021 Projects (Not Plans. Or Goals)!

Gentle cabrones: I hate when people ask me what my resolutions or goals or plans are for the new year. I make none of those. Most of my life is very much like Torisho Mifune...

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