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Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XCVI: Pho It

Gentle cabrones: So did you get the flu yet? I did! It entered...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XCV: Don’t Worship Your Heroes

Gentle cabrones: I usually don't get requests from ustedes to write about a specific subject for my newsletter.

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XCIV: You Snooze, You Lose

Gentle cabrones:One of the first books I ever bought for myself at a bookstore was Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. On my Facebook...

The Fight to Keep My Family’s Mexican Christmas Tamales-Free is Real

If you follow social and traditional media, you probably think Mexicans ride a wave of tamales from about the Feast Day of...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XCIII: Say Their Name

Gentle cabrones: Scroll down a bit, and you'll see the headstone of Juan Peña Diaz, the subject matter for...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XCII: Starter Up

Gentle cabrones: We piled into my GMC Yukon after a wonderful Sunday in Ensenada. Drinks at Agua Mala Cervecería....

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XCI: The Hummingbird’s Son

With apologies to Luis Alberto Urrea...Gentle cabrones: I was in my backyard, trying to prune my massive chiltepín, when...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XC: A FIFA 18 State of Mind

Gentle cabrones: In January 2018, when I had no job after getting fired from one after just two weeks,...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXXXIX: On My 1st Year Working for the Los Angeles...

Gentle cabrones: A year ago this week, something happened that I once thought impossible: I joined the Los Angeles...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto LXXXVIII: ¡Ese Profe Otto Santa Ana!

Gentle cabrones: It must’ve been about 2002, maybe 2003. I was a graduate student at UCLA at the time,...