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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXI: Zacatecas Country, An Island on the Southern California Land

Gentle cabrones: If you read me long enough, you'll know that I boast at least once a week in my writings that I’m from the...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LX: A Eulogy for My Mami, Maria de la Luz...

Gentle cabrones: We buried my Mami yesterday, in a beautiful ceremony that started with over 800 people at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim on...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LVIX: Swing Above Your Weight

Gentle cabrones: If you look around long enough on social media, you’ll see a whole bunch of losers claim that I'm a bigot. You’ll find people...

Canto LVIII: Gracias a la Vida

Gentle cabrones: This might be the shortest canto I'll ever right -- I'm already late with it. But it's straight from the heart. So the big...

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...

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...

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...

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...