Arquivo de ‘Artigos’

I was too busy cooking and cleaning and caring for my daughter The New York TimesAug. 11, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — I have a subscription to a monthly magazine called Piauí. In July, I spent so many days without opening the front door that I could only wonder […]

New York Review of Books (Daily)Jun. 10, 2020 by Vanessa Barbara SÃO PAULO—“So what? I’m sorry. What do you want me to do?” So said Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, on April 28 when a reporter pointed out that the country’s toll from Covid-19 had just surpassed China’s—reaching the grim milestone of 5,000 deaths. By the […]

Hospitals are on the brink of collapse, cemeteries are burying people in mass graves, and still, we refuse to take this virus seriously The New York TimesJun. 8, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It’s been almost three months since my toddler left the apartment. We’ve been enduring as best […]

We live in a time of more questions than answers. Beware anyone who thinks otherwise, especially presidents. The New York TimesApr. 14, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — My first symptoms started on a Monday morning, March 23. I was just getting over a random disease that my daughter had […]

This running series of brief dispatches by New York Review writers will document the coronavirus outbreak with regular updates from around the world. —The Editors The New York Review of Books (Daily)by Vanessa BarbaraMarch 20, 2020 SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL—Over the last week, a powerful virus has been circulating among the toddlers in my daughter’s public nursery school. […]

Security forces have always been unaccountable for their actions in the favelas. But under Bolsonaro, things have gotten even worse. The New York TimesMar. 16, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It was around 5 a.m. on an average Tuesday. I was sitting on the sofa eating toast when I received […]

Vogue | Up FrontJan. 2020 by Vanessa Barbara IT WAS A MONDAY AFTERNOON when day turned into night in the city of São Paulo. I was visiting an expensive nursery school for my 13-month-old daughter, trying to look remotely worthy of such a sophisticated institution. Although it was not supposed to rain that day, the […]

Women in Chile, Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere know: Stopping violence against women starts with politics and power. The New York TimesJan. 29, 2020 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — During the jury selection process for Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial this month, dozens of women gathered outside a Manhattan courthouse to perform […]

The rest of Latin America is on fire. Why is its largest country still so quiet? The New York TimesDec. 26, 2019 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — This year has been marked by widespread social convulsion in Latin America. Since mid-October, Chileans have been in the streets; what started as […]

What it’s like living with a chronic circadian rhythm problem The New York TimesOct. 28, 2019 by Vanessa BarbaraContributing Opinion Op-ed Writer SÃO PAULO, Brazil — It’s hard to feel normal when you wake up at 4 p.m. every day. No, I’m not a nurse who works the evening shift. No, I’m not the hard-partying […]