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Frank Bruni, on being treated differently after losing his restaurant critic anonymity: "Shortly after I stopped being a critic, I called Bar Boulud, and like most people making reservations, I say, 'Hi, can you do anything for five people at 7:30?' And they said, 'No, we could do it at 6 or maybe 9,' and I said we'd make 9 o'clock work. And they said, 'OK, name please.' I give the name, and she pauses, and goes, 'Oh, 7:30's fine.' [Chicago Tribune]

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