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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...

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...

Canto XXXVIII: Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dreams

Gentle cabrones: When I was reaching my teens, the only dream I had was to attend the University of Notre Dame. I knew Knute. The fight...

Canto XXXVII: How to Find the Way to San Jose

Gentle cabrones: Greetings from San Jose, where the California debut of the play based on my career, Interview with a Mexican just happened last night...

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...

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...