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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...

Canto XXXVII: How to Find the Way to San Jose

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from San Jose, where the California debut of the play based on my career, Interview with a Mexican just happened last night to a sold-out crowd at MACLA. San Jose? San Jose. This is...

Canto XXXVI: Dia de Reaching One Person

Gentle cabrones: I never celebrated Día de Los Muertos growing up. I knew of it: 1987, the last time I went to my parents' ranchos as a child, I remember sugar skulls and a visit...

Canto XXXV: Don’t Get Beat

Gentle cabrones: A couple of months ago, my former reporter Frank John Tristan—who, as an INTERN, faced off against neo-Nazis losers in (where else?) Huntington Beach, and not only survived but got to see three...

Canto XXXIII: 5 Songs to Mark One Year Since I Left My Dream Job...

Gentle cabrones: One year. I've been thinking of how to write this particular canto for weeks, and figured a music listicle was the best way to do it, namely because music has always played a big...

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