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...

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

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...

Canto XLII: How to Succeed in Freelancing While Really, Really Trying

Gentle cabrones: Apologies for the delay in my canto. Had to do a last-minute road trip to Phoenix for a story. Finishing up nearly all...

Canto XLI: A Timeline of Mexican Anaheim

Gentle cabrones: Sometime next year -- I think in the summer -- my next big project will be announced. It ain't a book, or a movie,...

Canto XXXIX: Notes on Me Joining the Los Angeles Times Full-Time

Gentle cabrones: The rumors are true: I'm joining the Los Angeles Times full-time as a features writer focusing on Southern California everything... Me and the Times...