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...

05/26/2014 - 4:58pm

    A kiss is nothing. On the sidewalks, in the park, I see one every few minutes, a real kiss, lip to lip. It barely registers. It's as unremarkable as a car horn in traffic, as an umbrella in rain.

    And yet a kiss is everything. A kiss can stop the world.

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05/22/2014 - 6:08pm

    Reince Priebus made a joke on Sunday.

    I don't know that he meant to - comedy isn't his forte - but the only way to hear one of his comments on "Meet the Press" was as a put-on. He said that Hillary Clinton wouldn't run for the presidency if...

05/18/2014 - 11:17pm

    The word "crisis" pops up frequently in "Ivory Tower," a compelling new documentary about the state of higher education in America.

    It pops up in regard to the mountains of student debt. It pops up in regard to the steep drop in government funding...

05/15/2014 - 4:24am

    As an uncle I'm inconsistent about too many things.

    Birthdays, for example. My nephew Mark had one Sunday, and I didn't remember - and send a text - until 10 p.m., by which point he was asleep.

    School productions,...

05/12/2014 - 5:32am

    "Would Pope Francis Sign the New Catholic Teacher Contract?" That's the question spelled out on a dozen billboards that have gone up around Cincinnati over the last week or so.

    And it's an excellent one, because it flags the tension between what'...

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