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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. That don't understand all my lingo, o...

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 wait for it to come even though you're r...

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 blessed. He was one of the Right's mo...

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...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLVIII: The Um Uh Basically Essentially Test

Gentle cabrones: Every Monday (unless it's Tuesday), I have a weekly commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9 called the “Orange County Line” — but you knew that, right? Because you read...

How Cal-Mex Classic La Chiquita Restaurant in Santa Ana has Weathered COVID-19

This article was generously sponsored by the Aztlan Journalism Fund — gracias, anonymous donor! For 25 years, a line of cars greeted Sammy Montoya nearly every morning as he pu...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto CXLVII: When You’re Down, Then What?

Gentle cabrones: Did you see the HBO documentary on Tiger Woods? Man, what a psychological takedown. Child is the father of man...unless your problematic dad turns you in...

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