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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 cool, or terrible. There are teachers with...

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 was reminded of this recently during an...

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 antagonistes? We all have them — the people w...

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's character in Yojimbo: Throw up a stic...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLI: Small Business Satur-ERRYDAY

Gentle cabrones: This one’s going to be short because, well, it’s Christmas, and I overloaded and potatoes au gratin, of all things. A couple of months ago on Twitter, I told someone that my glasses were from Warb...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXL: Los de mi Tía Maria

Gentle cabrones: My family is considered “small” in our rancho universe: just four kids, two boys and two girls. That's a veritable clan for gabas these days. But we're noth...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXIX: Gustavo’s Annual Navidad Gift List!

Gentle cabrones: For the past decade or so, I've devoted a columna of whatever columna I was writing at the time to a holiday gift list. It's always been a compendium of boo...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXVIII: Can’t Wait to Give Out Dates Again!

Gentle cabrones: Before this pinche pandemic, I was making a name for myself at the Los Angeles Times. For bringing food. I would show up to our El Segundo offices about ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXVII: Long Letters from Readers, Vol. 1

Gentle cabrones: Every once in a while, I get a loooong letter from ustedes that I wonder what to do with. It's not that they're offensive, or that I can't answer them. I...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXXXVI: 20 Years a Reporter

Gentle cabrones: This Thanksgiving week will feature two ignominious anniversaries in the annals of Orange County journalism. One marks a year since the death of OC Weekly, ...

The Mercaditos of Santa Ana Proudly Serve Their Barrios. Gentrification Threatens Them

This article was generously sponsored by the Aztlán Journalism Fund — gracias, anonymous donor! They’re woven among aging homes, apartment complexes and new development in SanT...

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