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Juan Vidal

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The Blazing World Of Clarice Lispector, In 'Complete Stories'

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Readers everywhere are rediscovering the work of Brazil's Clarice Lispector. Critic Juan Vidal calls Lispector a singular artist, whose newly collected stories linger in the mind like poetry.


Savor The Quiet Sweetness Of 'The Blue Girl'

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Laurie Foos' gently surreal new novel is set in a small lakeside town where the local mothers bake their secret confessions into moon pies, which they feed to a silent, mysterious blue-skinned girl.


Baldwin And Bridges: Two Artists, Two Debuts, One Fire

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Reviewer Juan Vidal has had the debut album by Texas soul crooner Leon Bridges on heavy rotation, and it's making him think of parallels with James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain.


Words Made Flesh: Literature And The Language Of Prayer

Sunday, June 21, 2015

No American writer has been able to pin down the intersection of faith, prayer and art like Flannery O'Connor. Critic Juan Vidal reflects on her Prayer Journal, and the faith that words can live.


In 'History,' Money Makes The World Go 'Round

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Argentinian novelist Alan Pauls' latest kicks off as so many good stories do: With a dead body and a disappearing briefcase full of cash. Critic Juan Vidal calls Pauls a "master builder" of fiction.


William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?


Renata Adler, Taking A Buzz Saw To The 'Tall Timber'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

This new volume collects some of the uncompromising writer's greatest hits, from her coverage of the march on Selma to Monica Lewinsky, and of course her famous takedown of film critic Pauline Kael.


A Filmmaker's Surreal Vision On The Page In 'Where The Bird Sings Best'

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The multitalented Alejandro Jodorowsky turns to fiction (sort of) with a semi-autobiographical novel. Critic Juan Vidal calls it "brilliant, mad, unpredictable."


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.