Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Canto XLIX: The Voice

Gentle cabrones: Almost from the time I was born, I was told I had a Voice. My mami still revels in telling everyone I hissed whenever...

Canto XLVIII: Ask a Mexican with Glasses ANYTHING!

Gentle cabrones: The biggest transition I've had to make so far in my professional career is that I'm not a professional columnist anymore. From 2002 until...

Canto XLVII: This is 40 (Going on 85)

Gentle cabrones: Another canto missed -- I know! I don't plan to make it a habit, but couldn't do it last week due to a...

Canto XLVI: The Valle is Lovely, Dark and Deep…

Gentle cabrones: Apologies for skipping last week -- deep in the salt mines. I've got three long stories lined up for the Los Angeles Times,...

Canto XLV: Who’s Gus?

Gentle cabrones: Sending this two days late because I'm still recovering from New Orleans, where I got a new nickname from White Power Randy: Category...