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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXI: Painter on a Planet of Blind People Redux

Gentle cabrones: Although I've read my entire life, I remember the first time I got wowed by a story. It was an article in Sports Illustrated, which I have previously credited for getting me into the writing world...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXIX: The Training

Gentle cabrones: If you worked at OC Weekly in the early 2000s to mid-2000s, you knew about The Training. It was some self-realization program that the boss swore by, and tried to get anyone who'd listen to join. ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXVIII: To Sew a Button

Gentle cabrones: Years and years and years ago, my mom taught me how to sew. Now that I’m thinking about this, I think it was in the year after the death of my Papa Je. I remember needles and yarn and threads in t...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXVII: A Rerun New to Half of You!

Gentle cabrones:This canto is a bit late.I originally wanted to send it out on Wednesday, so I could offer something original, something with a far better chance of folks reading it than something sent on Fourth of July...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXVI: Ignored Isn’t Bliss

Gentle cabrones: I have haters. I have haters on the Left and Right. I have haters who think I’m anti-white, and who insist I'm white-aligned, whatever the fuck that means. I have haters who think I’m a radical so...

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 part...

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, b...

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...

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 accomp...

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, becau...

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. ...

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