Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XVI: Life and Death in the Garden of Gus*

Gentle cabrones: Gardening is in my veins. Both of my grandpas were farmers in the ranchos of Jerez, Zacatecas. My dad helped mi Pepe plant...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XV: Don’t Suffer in Silence

Gentle cabrones: This past week, I went to my other alma mater—UCLA—to lecture at the humor class of Chicano Studies professor Otto Santa Ana. He's...
OCC Senior Day 2018

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XIV: You CAN Go Home Again

Gentle cabrones: I despise nostalgia. I think it's the refuge of juveniles, of people who think their best days are behind them and thus rely...
Gustavo Libromobile

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XIII: Poco a Poco Wins the Race

Gentle cabrones: I had a longer newsletter prepared, about my semester teaching an intro to journalism at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. But I'm...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XII: The Road Less Traveled

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Turlock, whatever the hell that is. I guess it's the home of Cal State Stanislaus, whatever the hell that is. And...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto XI: Goodbye, Profe Padilla

Gentle cabrones: I can't remember who first told me about Fullerton College Ethnic Studies professor Jerry Padilla. It must've been my sister, who took his...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto X: No Soy Monedita de Oro

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Albuquerque, where I sputtered into town Thursday afternoon after leaving OC at 4 in the morning. I made the trip with...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto IX: The Only Living Mexican With Glasses in New York

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Manhattan, where another successful James Beard Journalism Awards happened last night. I didn't win, or even get nominated, but better: I...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto VIII*: You’re a Good Man, Joe Donnelly

Gentle cabrones: I always liked Peanuts as a kid. I liked the animated specials better. But I never cared to see or hear You're a...

Gustavo Arellano’s Weekly, Canto VI: Era, Soy, Seré—I Was, I Am, I’ll Be…

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from Napa—kind of. I spent 15 hours earlier this week in California's capital of wine, at the annual gathering of The Latino...