Former bullfighting critic Joaquín Vidal during a rainy afternoon in Madrid's Las Ventas bullring.

A cup of cold coffee and a cigarette

Ten years ago this month, Joaquín Vidal, one of the last of the old-school bullfighting critics, passed away at the age of 66. One of Spain's most respected writers on the subject, he spent his career at EL PAÍS, penning thousands of reviews for the newspaper until he retired through ill-health in September 2001


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