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Old 06-26-2018, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Gilah G. View Post
Appreciated him since the beginning.
Since his death I've been reading his peers commentary on their loss of a great friend.
To me it seems the older he became the more entrenched he became in politics and recognizing the plight of the underprivileged.
I feel he witnessed much sadness in his travels as his career took a more humanitarian approach.
I would like to imagine that as we get older - and, I hope, wiser - that we would all tend to become more political in the best sense, to recognize societal problems and speak up and/or act.
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Old 06-27-2018, 05:49 AM
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Originally Posted by Back to NE View Post
Yeah, I think success, particularly his fame probably made him more likely to commit suicide. Anthony had a big escapist side to his personality and when you are famous, you have more to escape from. And depression to someone not famous like me isn't as big a deal. Bourdain had legions of fans wanting 'in' on his coolness which was only a portion of his being.

Back to the OP, I will continue to appreciate Bourdain. I'll read more of his books, watch more episodes. He left us with a lot. The main thing I'll miss going forward was his take on the world and his leftist politics. He probably would have retired from his shows but he would not have stopped writing and making appearances.

According to a May 2017 article in Smithsonian magazine, there were plans to refurbish the derelict Cunard Lines pier on the west side of Manhattan including creating America's largest food court to be overseen by Bourdain. I could imagine him bringing the world's greatest street foods to NYC!
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:35 PM
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I read this just today regarding Anthony Bourdain (RIP):

"Anthony Bourdain was a chef, a writer, a TV host, and a celebrity. He taught people that brunch was a scam, that writing is a noble act as well as a narcissistic one, that you really only need one outfit when you travel, and that selling out when you donít have to is one of the fouler things a privileged person chooses to do. But more than that, Bourdain taught people that one of the most reliably good parts of humanity is getting the chance to learn ó and succumbing to it."

His philosophy never ceased to intrigue me.
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