Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano
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Canto LII: …Pull the Weeds

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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…

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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!

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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

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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!

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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)

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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…

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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?

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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...

Canto XLIV: Gracias to the Real Chingones of 2018!

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My 2018 was different than yours. It began on Oct. 14, 2017, the day after I left my dream job at OC Weekly. It ends on...

Canto XLIII: All I Want for Christmas is You…to Subscribe to My Friends

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Gentle cabrones: This year, for the first time in over a decade, I knew exactly what I wanted to get for Christmas: magazine subscriptions. I read...