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Canto XLII: How to Succeed in Freelancing While Really, Really Trying

Gentle cabrones: Apologies for the delay in my canto. Had to do a last-minute road trip to Phoenix for a story. Finishing up nearly all my freelance assignments before I start as a features writer...

Canto XLI: A Timeline of Mexican Anaheim

Gentle cabrones: Sometime next year -- I think in the summer -- my next big project will be announced. It ain't a book, or a movie, or a TV show (although I'm always working towards those),...

Canto XL: Don’t Be Shy

Gentle cabrones: If you've seen me talk before, you know the drill: I'm like the legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chávez. I start slow because I actually don't specifically prepare for my speeches -- in other words,...

Canto XXXIX: Notes on Me Joining the Los Angeles Times Full-Time

Gentle cabrones: The rumors are true: I'm joining the Los Angeles Times full-time as a features writer focusing on Southern California everything... Me and the Times go back. I grew up on its Sports section as...

Canto XXXVIII: Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dreams

Gentle cabrones: When I was reaching my teens, the only dream I had was to attend the University of Notre Dame. I knew Knute. The fight song. The Gipper. Frank Leahy and Ara Parseghian and Rocket...

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