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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXVI: Dont’ Count Your Tomatoes Until They Hatch

Gentle cabrones: Yes, I'm late -- as Boricua Frank would say, DAMNIT! I guess I could say I have excuses. Had to write a last-minute obit on Friday, then stuff myself like Snorlax on Saturday for...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXV: My Commencement Speech to Riverside City College’s Class of...

Gentle cabrones: The title says it all, doesn't it? It's a lot of words, so get to reading them! They gave me a cool I.E.-centric gift basket that included everything from olive oil to a shoeshine...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXIV: Don’t Believe Your Hype

Gentle cabrones: Before I began at the Los Angeles Times this past December, someone told me I was going to go into the job with a “reputation.” They didn’t mean it in a negative sense, unlike...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXIII: Gustavo’s Summer 2019 Appearances!

Gentle cabrones: Primeramente, apologies for the delay in this canto. But I wanted to guarantee as many readers as possible, so I figured Tuesday after Memorial Day would be a better time to send off...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXII: Season of the Speech

Gentle cabrones: Next month, like most Junes for the past decade, I'm scheduled to give speeches --award banquets, graduations, eulogies -- where I need to write something out. Now, if you've seen me speak in public,...

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