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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXVIII: An Audience of Three

Gentle cabrones: Sam Quinones is a friend, a mentor, one of the greatest reporters I’ve ever read, the best-ever chronicler of Mexican migration to the United States and its effects on this country and Mexico, a prop...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXVII: Give Thanks — Thanks!

Gentle cabrones:As far back as I could remember, I've hated Thanksgiving — and told everyone about this.It’s not even the whole genocide thing with the Pilgrims, the ahistorical spectacle of it all, or the hypocrisy of ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXVI: Once a Colonist, Always a Colonist

Gentle cabrones: Was it 15 years ago? Or 12 years ago? I really can’t remember, but I’ll never forget where it was, and what was said. Long Beach State. I had just finished a lecture about God knows what — probabl...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXV: The Day I Became Rik Smits

Gentle cabrones: I come from a family of athletes. My brother played varsity basketball; both of my sisters played varsity softball. Cousins made all-league in high school baseball, CIF in wrestling. Almost all my...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXIV: Random Cool People I Know—Javier Cabral

"Random Cool People I Know" is an occasional series about random cool people I know. Are you cool, and I know you? Let's hang out so I can write about you! Gentle cabrones: Flash in the pans come and go, and then ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXIII: Talent versus Tenacity

Gentle cabrones: I once knew someone — actually, I've known a lot of people who'll fit this fable, but let's stick with the someone. I once knew someone. Brilliant. Athle...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXII: Homies Helping Homies

Gentle cabrones: Recently, a younger compa bought a house with his wife. Good for them! I remember the homie when he was a teenager, and now he’s all grown up. He’s not rich...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXXI: Give Guamúchil a Chance

Gentle cabrones: As I've written many times before in these here cantos, I love to garden. And because I'm, well, a writer, I love to write about gardening. I don't have ...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXX: Quesadillas Until There’s None

Gentle cabrones: As far back as I could remember, I've always eaten quesadillas. It's my favorite food of all time, partly because it's the only meal I know how to make, but...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXIX: When You Fail

Gentle cabrones: Lot of speeches this past week, and in the weeks to come, in-person and on Zoom. A talk at the Autry Museum with legendary producer Moctesuma Esparza about “Th...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CLXXVIII: Pool of Suspicion

Gentle cabrones: Well, I did it this summer — I swam. Two years ago, I wrote about how I had barely swam in my family's swimming pool for about 20 years — basically since I ...

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