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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXIX: See Gustavo This Fall!

Gentle cabrones: Just came back from Southern Utah University in the tiny town of Cedar City—great time! Met a profe of Spanish who's a peruana from SanTana and said I was the first-ever Latino reporter...

The Glories of Lard: A Conversation With Ernest Miller of Coast Packing Company

I've known Ernest Miller, corporate chef for Coast Packing Company in Vernon, for about a decade. I first met him when he took a chocolate-making class at my wife's old store, The Road Less...

Canto XXVIII: A Hell of a Fandango

Gentle cabrones: As I've mentioned before here, I first journalistically made waves as a music critic, specifically covering rock en español. The grand irony is that I never cared for the genre—found it too fresa—until...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXVII: Are You There, Readers? It’s Me, Guti

Gentle cabrones: I never did read the young-adult classic, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Weird, because I read a bunch of the Judy Blume canon in elementary school, from Tales of a Fourth...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXVI: Songs in the Key of Life Trips

Gentle cabrones: If you really, really, REALLY know me, you'll know that I love, love, LOVE music. The earliest memory I have—even earlier than of my parents—is of listening to Del Shannon's “Runaway” in my dad's...

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The Central Valley Is the Heart and Soul of California

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It’s so much better than some rinky dink RAV4 or whatever the hell Toyota makes nowadays (I still stick to the Mexican credo that you buy Japanese cars and American SUVs and trucks).