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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLIX: The Time I Met Nolan Ryan

Gentle cabrones: When I was a preteen, there was no one I wanted to be more than Nolan Ryan. He was a legendary pitcher with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers while I was becoming of age in the late 1980s and e...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLVIII: I WERK to Honor my Mami

Gentle cabrones: So there I was, fresh from chatting with two MacArthur geniuses: UCLA profe Kelly Lytle Hernandez and USC profe Natalia Molina. We had just just finished a panel for the Los Angeles Times Festival...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLVII: Jealousy Just Doesn’t Work!

This is not a humblebrag on my part — I swear! — but people have been jealous of me nearly my entire life.They were jealous of me when my mami would make me peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches in elementary school despit...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLVI: You Can’t Always Grow Chiles

Gentle cabrones: The spring and summer garden is...getting there. Tomatoes in the front, with basil as a companion plant. A couple of eggplants; a shitload of sunflowers (I've gotten into sunflowers over the past ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLV: Big Yellow Bigoted House

Gentle cabrones: I've said this before, and I'll say this again: I haven't suffered much from racism. I think. I can count on one hand the number of times I know I've gone through it in person. Three cases invo...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLIV: A Gustavo Glossary of Gallimaufry!

Gentle cabrones: I'm gearing up to be the host of the upcoming Los Angeles Times daily podcast — HWUT. Which means I'm working with some talented AF young producers — BOOM. ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLIII: Mirror Mirror Man

Gentle cabrones: I've said this before, so I'll say it again: the human emotion I despise the most is anticipation. Knowing that something's over the horizon, yet having to ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLII: The Time I Beat Milo Yiannapolous

Gentle cabrones: Gentle cabrones: So Milo Yiannopolous is back to the news, so I can finally, fully tell my very instructive anecdote about him. Never heard of him? Feel ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLI: The Shirts I Haven’t Worn

Gentle cabrones: In the corner of my closet is a bag filled with Western-wear shirts, faux-pearl buttons and all. I bought them a year ago at a Starr Western store in El Pas...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CL: Good, Bad, and Screamers Junior High Teachers

Gentle cabrones: Following the success of my canto on my elementary school teachers, here's the ones I had at Sycamore Junior High. My hell years. A teacher once told me ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLIX: Just Get Me in the Room

Gentle cabrones: My former co-workers and friends know that when they need a reference for a job that they're applying to, I'm the guy. I'm a Mexican Tex Rickard, a P.T. Bar...

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