This week on Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong: Former New York Times restaurant critic Bryan Miller. He is the author of “Dining in the Dark: A Famed Restaurant Critic's Struggle with and Triumph over Depression.” Neil Parekh is the guest host.
Bryan’s story includes a discussion of suicide. Please know that help is always available. (See below for resources.)
The Wine Spectator, in a 1989 front-page profile, once declared Miller “the most powerful restaurant critic in America.” From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, he seemingly had everything. He ate out 5,123 times, often with celebrities. At fancy restaurants and out of the way places. And for much of that time, he wanted to die.
Depression cost him his family, his job, his life savings and his reputation. He refers to his depression as the Black Bear. He will share his journey coping with, and finally conquering, his depression on this week’s show. Click here for our #NYTReadalong YouTube Playlist.
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We will also review the front pages in this week’s New York Times. Thursday was the first since February 22* (37 days, a modern-day record) without a banner, six column headline dealing with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Click here for a .pdf of all of the NYT front pages since the start of this remarkable run.
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*Our initial count of NYT front page banner headlines focused on Ukraine started with the first day of the invasion (February 24). We have since updated the start of the run to February 22.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, 1-800-273-8255. Additional help is provided by NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness https://nami.org/home. There is also a Crisis Text Line https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741.