Frank Bruni


Frank Bruni On Vision Lost & Found

After experiencing a rare kind of stroke, NYT writer Frank Bruni suddenly became blind in his right eye. Doctors told him there was a decent chance the same could happen to his other eye. It forced him to make a decision: He could focus on what had been lost or on what remained. He chose the latter. Bruni's new memoir is The Beauty of Dusk.
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After a stroke blinded one eye, Frank Bruni focused on the future

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Today we're going to feature an interview we enjoyed that few of our listeners heard because we featured it on a day that our show ended up being preempted on most stations by the Katanji Brown-Jackson confirmation hearings. The interview is with Frank Bruni. He says that one night he went to bed believing he was more or less in control of his life, but woke up to the realization of how ludicrous that was. Before I tell you why, let me tell you more about Frank Bruni. He's a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times who recently stepped down as a full-time columnist. Prior to that, he was The Times' chief restaurant critic, a position he was offered after serving as Rome bureau chief and White House correspondent. He also covered the candidacy of George W. Bush. He'd previously been the film critic for the Detroit Free Press and a Pulitzer Prize nominee. He's written books about George W. Bush, about his passion for food and his struggle with his weight, and the crazy-making process of applying to colleges and the fear of not getting into the right one. You can see he's written about life from several perspectives.

FRANK BRUNI: Count our blessings; avoid tallying the slights

EDITOR'S NOTE: It is college graduation season and in the coming days we’ll feature commencement addresses from some universities and colleges across North Carolina. Here are remarks presented by Frank Bruni, columnist for the New York Times and Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, presented at the University of North Carolina commencement on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Watch the video of his address here.

‘The Truth of Patience’: UNC Commencement Speaker Frank Bruni

UNC’s commencement ceremony is Sunday, May 8, starting at 9:00 a.m. in Kenan Stadium. This year’s commencement speaker is author Frank Bruni, a 1986 graduate of UNC. Bruni had also been slated to deliver the commencement address in 2020, before that ceremony was called off due to the pandemic.

After Frank Bruni suffered a stroke, he saw the world differently

Former New York Times restaurant critic and columnist Frank Bruni was at the top of his career in 2017 when a rare kind of stroke turned his world upside down. A loss of blood flow to his optic nerve had caused non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy that damaged vision in his right eye and threatened the possibility of complete blindness.

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