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Past articles by Juan:


Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem

Anti-racist reading lists are making the rounds right now — and they can be useful if people do the work of reading. But critic Juan Vidal suggests you look closer to home, to your own bookshelf. → Read More

Is God still good during the coronavirus pandemic?

For some, a deadly pandemic may confirm their disbelief in any higher power, writes Juan Vidal, but the picture is larger than what we can see with our eyes. → Read More

Marrying young saved me from becoming a stereotype

Growing up, I saw most of the marriages around me crumble. More often than not, it was the men who ran their relationships into the ground, whether by being unfaithful or worse. → Read More

We’re all victims now.

Author Juan Vidal reflects on the El Paso tragedy and what it means for U.S. Latinos and Christians. → Read More

An Ode To Jay-Z, The Ultimate Rap Dad

'Rap Dad' author Juan Vidal reflects on Jay-Z's musical journey through fatherhood, and how it impacted his own. → Read More


Tell Them Of 'Battles, Kings,' And Michelangelo On The Bosporus

Mathias Énard's novel — newly translated from French — imagines what would have happened if Michelangelo had accepted an offer from the Ottoman ruler to design a bridge across the Golden Horn. → Read More

Amparo Dávila’s short stories are beautifully wrought nightmares

A collection of deliciously creepy and surreal short fiction from Mexican writer Amparo Dávila, her first - at age 90 - to be translated into English. → Read More


'Marvellous Equations' Pulses With Rhythmic Power

Marcia Douglas's new book imagines a resurrected Bob Marley, living in a clock tower and conversing with spirits — but Douglas also honors and elevates the voices of the women in Marley's orbit. → Read More

Lecrae on New Album 'Let the Trap Say Amen' & The True Heart of the South

Billboard caught up with Lecrae to speak about the new project, how he connected with Zaytoven, and what the trap means to him. → Read More


'Manuscripts' Encourages Readers To Approach The Bible Like A Novel

The Bible's famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book. → Read More


In 'Heartland,' Writer's Block Can Be Murder

Ana Simo's brash and unsettling debut novel straddles the line between pulp noir and slapstick; it's the story of a struggling writer who decides that murder is the cure for her decade-long block. → Read More

Digging up gems — and skeletons: the critic Juan Vidal on writing memoir

Juan Vidal on digging up family secrets (and letting them be) → Read More


You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

Returning to a book you've read before can feel like getting a drink with an old friend. But even though the book's the same, you yourself may have changed — and that's what makes rereading so rich. → Read More

How I Passed My Skateboarding Addiction To My Kids

Skateboarding meant everything to our correspondent when he was a kid. Now, having delighted in seeing their dad in action via old tapes, his children have picked up the free-wheeling bug. → Read More

Juan Vidal

Juan Vidal is a writer and critic for NPR and a contributor to Esquire, VIBE, and The Daily Beast. He's on Twitter: @itsjuanlove → Read More


100 Years After Jack London's Death, Hearing His Call

Jack London died 100 years ago this week, worn out from drink, disease and overwork — but he left behind a prolific body of work that considers the vast scope of human experience and suffering. → Read More


From Pamplona, With Love: 'The Sun Also' Turns 90

Ernest Hemingway's masterful first novel came out 90 years ago today; the story of aimless American expatriates drinking, fighting and falling in and out of love is regarded as one of his best works. → Read More

Lucha Underground is Going On Tour With Live Dates in Phoenix, Houston and San Diego

Promising action-packed matches in the heart of Phoenix, Houston and San Diego, the Lucha Underground En Vivo series will be a welcome treat for fans who want to experience the match-ups live. → Read More

5 Questions With Cuba's Celebrated Sci-Fi Writer (and Heavy Metal Singer) Yoss

Yoss is something of a rock star in his native Cuba, who first gained attention in 1989 after he won the Cuban Premio David in the sci-fi category with his book 'Timshel.' Now his writing is being translated into English for the first time. → Read More


A Cartoonist Confronts The Power Of His Pen In 'Reputations'

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work. → Read More