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Subject: "Ask A Mexican" book
Date Posted: 11/9/2007 8:44 AM ET
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  Has anyone else read this relatively new, and very funny,  book? It's a compilation of columns in alternative papers, mostly out West, written by a Mexican guy. It is totally and incredibly politically incorrect, but it's hilarious (I think, and that's the issue).

He takes questions that deal with terrible Mexican stereotypes and responds to them; he can give as good as he gets! Questions featured on the cover include "Why do Mexicans drink so much tequila" and "Why do Mexican men wear such big belt buckles" ---but those are pretty mild compared to most.

 I almost feel guilty for laughing. I just wondered about others' take on this.

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 10:46 AM ET
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It sounds hilarious! I added it to my wish list!

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 11:04 AM ET
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Yeah, thanks Betty! I just added it to my wish list too. It sounds pretty interesting.

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:49 PM ET
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 Don't read it if you are easily offended by ethnic references; if he thinks he can can tell that someone who's asking  some awful ethnic stereotype is of of another ethnicity (like some people say "why can;t Mexicans be more like gringos/Dutch/Canadians/whatever , and do...) he will insult that group of people with a related stereotype.

I'm a gringo (he uses another word) and we get it bad, but deservedly so, IMHO!  I want to remember he has been controversial among Mexicans, but as I said, I laughed out loud through most of it!

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 4:52 PM ET
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I read the columns in Citylife, a local Las Vegas freebie weekly. He has good points once in a while but for the most part they just don't make me laugh. I'm not easily offended, it's just not my cup of tea.

Date Posted: 11/10/2007 11:43 AM ET
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The writer of that book is Gustavo Arellano. He writes a weekly column in a local magazine here in Orange County, CA called the OC Weekly. You can read it online every week at http://www.ocweekly.com/. I get a kick out of reading his column every week so I just thought I'd share.