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Canto LIII: Don’t Let Them Win

Gentle cabrones: Lot of misery right now. That stupid college-admissions scandal. The massacre of 49 Muslims in New Zealand. Friends whose family members got sudden strokes. Homies fighting cancer (#fuckcancer). The embarrassment that is the Lebron...

Canto LII: …Pull the Weeds

Gentle cabrones: Are you into Marie Kondo? I'm not. Scratch that: I've never seen her show, so I can't say if I'd like it. But I don't need to watch. The only real clutter I have...

Canto LI: Plant Seeds, and…

Gentle cabrones: Everyone has their confessor, if not multiple ones. On the academic side, my keeper of secrets is Cal State Fullerton Chicana/o Studies professor Alexandro Jose Gradilla. He's important in my life for many reasons....

Canto L: Answers Away!

Gentle cabrones: Happy 50th canto to me -- kinda. This is actually the 52nd newsletter I've sent out, according to my archives -- so I have no idea how I have this one as the 50th...

How the Songs in “Roma” Illustrate the Pains of its Characters — And Mexico

As Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón walked two separate times from his table to receive Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film trophies at this year’s Golden Globe Awards for his critically acclaimed Roma, the...

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