Juan Vidal

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'La Chancla': Flip Flops As A Tool of Discipline

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Most Latino parents still believe in physical discipline of children. That puts them in step with many Americans. But is it time to put down 'La Chancla' - or 'the flip flop' - and stop spanking kids?


To Prevent Kidney Stones: Go Easy On Soda And Drink Lots Of Water

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Research shows that simple changes in drinking habits can help people who've had kidney stones lower the odds that they'll strike again. Consuming plenty of fiber may make a difference, too.


Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Little Lumpen Novelita is an intoxicating tale of a teenage girl who struggles to stay afloat. It cements Roberto Bolano's place as the most commanding Latin American writer of the last few decades.


Where Have All The Poets Gone?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Critic Juan Vidal recalls the power of protest poetry in days past, and wonders why poets no longer seem to be on the front lines of outrage. Have they stopped speaking, or have we stopped listening?

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Hopscotching To 100: An Appreciation Of Julio Cortázar

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The great Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar was born 100 years ago this week; while Cortázar is known for the surreal masterpiece Hopscotch, critic Juan Vidal says it's his poetry that resonates.


Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?


Controversy Over Sofía Vergara Obscures An Industry's Failings

Thursday, August 28, 2014

When the Colombian actress appeared in a widely derided stunt at the Emmys, much of the attendant outrage centered on her very prominent image. Juan Vidal argues this lets Hollywood off the hook.


Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Critic Juan Vidal has an appreciation of the hymn — its rhythm, sonorous language, discipline and structure. "No matter where you stand on heaven and hell," he writes, "there is power in a hymn."


A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's the book critic's eternal dilemma: how do you fit all that reading into your daily life? Juan Vidal has an unusual solution: he gets his reading done in bars, preferably dark bars at mid-day.


Two Flags, A Shelf Of Books, One Beautiful Game

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As Colombia's national team prepares to take the field again in the 2014 World Cup, critic (and proud Colombian-American) Juan Vidal muses on soccer, literature and national identity.


Remembering The Short Fiction Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Many readers know and love One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. But critic Juan Vidal suggests you not overlook Gabriel Garcia Marquez's dynamic, poetic short stories.


Avant-Garde Madness, Seen Through 'My Dog-Eyes'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The late Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's With My Dog-Eyes chronicles a mathematics professor's descent into madness after a mystical vision. Critic Juan Vidal says it's a pleasure to see and read.


McSweeney's New Latin American Crime Fiction Is Caliente

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Issue 46 of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern showcases crime fiction from all over Latin America, with new stories from writers like Alejandro Zambra. Reviewer Juan Vidal calls it rousing and essential.


The Lively Linguistical Exuberance Of 'Being Blue'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The NYRB Classics imprint has reissued William Gass's 1976 raucous philosophical inquiry into the color blue. Reviewer Juan Vidal says it's more an experience to be had than a book to be read.


A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky originally published their sci-fi classic Definitely Maybe in 1974. Now, a new translation restores cuts made by Soviet censors to this subversive tale of scientists exploring a reluctant universe. Reviewer Juan Vidal says "you'll laugh, you'll look around suspiciously, you'll throw the text across the room."


Here, Kitty, Kitty: Even Dog Lovers Should Read 'The Guest Cat'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Japanese author Takashi Hiraide's The Guest Cat has just been released in English; it's a layered novel within a novel, centered on a workaholic couple who become enraptured by their neighbors' playful little cat. Reviewer Juan Vidal says "even dog lovers will relate" to the story.


Rediscovering The Intricate Verse Of Federico Garcia Lorca

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.


In Search Of Identity: Three Of 2013's Best Translated Novels

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Juan Vidal recommends three Latin American masterpieces that were translated this year: a boundary-pushing novella, a noir tale of an assassination plot and a complex exploration of identity and history. There are no noble heroes in these pages — instead, they feature hapless, struggling souls in search of meaning.