Bruni on Claiborne

Measuring success.
Measuring success. Photo: Richard Drew/AP

“His tale is a sad reminder: happiness has less to do with achievement than with perspective,” Frank Bruni writes, with respect and compassion, of the great Craig Claiborne. Claiborne wrote his first review for the Times nearly 50 years ago, and, despite that Barneys snub, was — and always will be — “widely regarded as the father of contemporary restaurant criticism,” who all along battled his own inner demons until his death at 79. [NYT]