Shocker alert: Former NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni has just announced via Diner's Journal that he has joined the ranks of food writers like Josh Ozersky in developing gout - a painful type of arthritis that causes joint inflammation. The culprit? Most likely overindulgence - ie, a diet heavy on meat and alcohol for years on end. Bruni writes a lengthy post explaining how his newly diagnosed condition has affected his life, concluding with: "There are times, crazily, when I’m almost happy about the gout, the flare-ups of which are subtle now that I’m medicated and reformed. It provided a dietary shove where the gentle pushes of a vague desire for self-improvement hadn’t sufficed...Why must it take something like that for so many of us to pivot in a healthier direction?" Read the whole post here.