Frank Bruni

06/19/2014 - 1:04am

    The Yale applicant had terrific test scores. She had fantastic grades. As one of Yale's admissions officers, Michael Motto, leafed through her application, he found himself more and more impressed.

    Then he got to her essay. As he remembers it, she mentioned a French teacher she greatly admired. She described...

04/13/2014 - 8:14pm

    I dropped in on my sister last week. As usual, I was amazed.

    I work a single job; she works three or four. There's her paid one at an executive search firm, finding and screening candidates for corner offices in the retail industry. Then there are the others....

04/10/2014 - 12:28am

    If you're closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I'm doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don't make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.

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04/07/2014 - 2:38am

    Over recent days the notices have gone out, an annual ritual of dashed hopes.

    Brown University offered admission to the lowest fraction ever of the applicants it received: fewer than 1 in 10. The arithmetic was even more brutal at Stanford, Columbia, Yale. The...

04/07/2014 - 2:03am

    To appreciate how rapidly the ground has shifted, go back just two short years, to April 2012. President Barack Obama didn't support marriage equality, not formally. Neither did Hillary Clinton. And few people were denouncing them as bigots whose positions rendered them too divisive, offensive and regressive...

02/27/2014 - 2:45am

    Her perseverance often awes me. Her arrogance sometimes galls me. And her particular braid of high-mindedness and high-handedness almost always leaves me puzzled and exhausted.

    But what I've been feeling for and about Hillary Clinton over the past week is sadness...

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