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Canto LVII: Why I Don’t Wear Chuck Taylor All-Stars Anymore

Gentle cabrones: “So I see you don’t wear Chucks anymore!” my tax guy told me when we met about a week ago. “Moving on up in the world! He had noticed my brown leather shoes that...

Canto LVI: MEChA and Me

Gentle cabrones: As a reporter, I loathe to tell the same stories in different publications. It's lazy, repetitive, and frankly boring -- and so, I rarely do it. But I'm making an exception for MEChA. Again. Never...

Canto LV: You Never Know Who’s Watching

Gentle cabrones: Last week, I encountered a blast from my professional ast so HILARIOUS that it taught me, again, that not only is there a God, but He has a hell of a gallows humor....

Nano Stern is Chile’s Newest Folk-Loving Musical Hero

“The culture of Chile is a complete unknown ,” says singer-songwriter Nano Stern. “For my performance, that makes for a very fresh context.” Take his looks. Long locks of hair dangling past a bristly beard...

Canto LIV: And Now, Some Poetry!

Gentle cabrones: Somewhere, deep in my archives, is a spiral binder filled with poetry. Mine. In high school AP English, Ms. Sinatra did a day where she encouraged us to dress like bohemians on the Left Bank,...

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