— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) May 30, 2018
The last photograph of Anthony Bourdain on his twitter account captures this moment in all its gaddamned sadness. From a few days ago, newly relevant.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
“I should’ve died in my 20s. I became successful in my 40s. I became a dad in my 50s. I feel like I’ve stolen a car — a really nice car — and I keep looking in the rearview mirror for flashing lights.”
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He opened us up to new things. To “other,” which is now so hated and feared among too many of us. And he did so on their turf—not from a superior or pre-judged point of view. Whether it was high or low, grandpa’s kitchen or the finest restaurant, he approached it with the same joy and curiosity and irreverence.
And, he was a fierce opponent of Harvey Weinstein, and the heartlove of Asia Argento. This hurts, now.
“…in the end maybe we are all sentimental fools.” ~ Chef Tony
In the speech, Mr. Bourdain described the episode as hardly unusual in that it merely showed “regular people doing everyday things — cooking and enjoying meals, playing with their children, talking about their lives, their hopes and dreams.”
“It is a measure I guess of how twisted and shallow our depiction of a people is that these images come as a shock to so many,” he said. “The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity. People are not statistics, that is all we attempted to show.”
“Anthony Bourdain had seemingly one of the coolest jobs in the world– traveling the globe, eating and having a great time– which goes to show that this could happen to anyone. Take care of yourselves and do not be afraid to seek the help you require.”
“Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesman-ship – and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the Hague next to Milošević.” ~ Anthony Bourdain – A Cook’s Tour, 2001
Vaguely relephant. May it be of benefit.
Also, sadly relephant. “Talk to your dad, please. He might listen to you.”
For more, read this. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.