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'Mountaineer' Is A Must-Read Of Soviet Sci-Fi

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were at the heart of Soviet science fiction; reviewer Juan Vidal says The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is less edgy than some of their work, but still a must-read.

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Reading On The Roof? Now That's Punk Rock

Sunday, March 08, 2015

In The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolaño invented the "visceral realists," a group of wild writers who read anywhere and everywhere — causing critic Juan Vidal to ponder the weird places we read.

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Spic-O-Rama: Where 'Spic' Comes From, And Where It's Going

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

From the Panama Canal to 90s Latino pride movements, "spic" has a complicated past.

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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inward and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Several Miami-area chefs are leading tours for Americans to experience the tastes — and farm scene — of the communist island nation. They hope to foster cross-cultural dialogue through food and drink.

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The Enduring Life Of Lit Mags: We'll Always Have (The) Paris (Review)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Magazines of all stripes are struggling to negotiate the digital age — but writer Juan Vidal finds hope for the future of reading in the pages of his favorite new literary magazines.

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Fill 'Er Up: The Joys Of Good Gas Station Food

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Forget dried-out doughnuts and creepy-looking hot dogs. In cities across the U.S., patrons can fill up on gourmet grub and top off their tanks in one stop.

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Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.

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An Aging Rake, An Ingenue, And A Strapping Young Painter In 'Tristana'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NYRB Classics has just reissued Tristana, an 1892 novel by the great Spanish author Benito Pérez Galdós. Critic Juan Vidal says Tristana's intelligence and emotional richness is comparable to Dickens.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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