Desmadre

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Canto XXXVI: Dia de Reaching One Person

Gentle cabrones: I never celebrated Día de Los Muertos growing up. I knew of it: 1987, the last time I went to my parents' ranchos...

Canto XXXV: Don’t Get Beat

Gentle cabrones: A couple of months ago, my former reporter Frank John Tristan—who, as an INTERN, faced off against neo-Nazis losers in (where else?) Huntington...

Canto XXXIII: 5 Songs to Mark One Year Since I Left My Dream Job...

Gentle cabrones: One year. I've been thinking of how to write this particular canto for weeks, and figured a music listicle was the best way to...

In Pico Rivera, Ethnic Studies Faces A Reckoning About How “Radical” It Can Be

*See editor's note at the bottom. In 2014, trustees with the El Rancho Unified School District–located within the working-class city of Pico Rivera—passed a...

Canto XXXII: Denver, the Mile High DESMADRE

Gentle cabrones: I never gave a second thought to Denver before I became a reporter—really, why bother? There was John Elway and John Denver and...

Canto XXXI: Eulogy for Ernest Miller, Quiet Genius of Southern California’s Food Scene

Gentle cabrones: I knew that my inaugural #TortillaTournament for KCRW would be successful the moment I pulled into the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens...

Canto XXX: You Can’t Go Casa Again

Gentle cabrones: First off, apologies for the delay in my canto. I usually send Saturday morning, but I reserve the right for a Sunday morning...

Whittier’s Aaron Pico Gets Ready to Battle at Bellator 206

Most mixed martial artists make their professional debut in front of a few hundred people for a local promotion in a venue that most...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XXIX: See Gustavo This Fall!

Gentle cabrones: Just came back from Southern Utah University in the tiny town of Cedar City—great time! Met a profe of Spanish who's a peruana...

The Glories of Lard: A Conversation With Ernest Miller of Coast Packing Company

I've known Ernest Miller, corporate chef for Coast Packing Company in Vernon, for about a decade. I first met him when he took a...