Goodbye Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain Peabody 2014b

I'm really saddened this morning about the news of the death of Anthony Bourdain.  I am amazed at Bourdain's precise descriptions, his phrases and his storytelling.  He was a first-class writer. And he did it with a rock and roll attitude.

In many ways his life story was similar to mine. I also worked in restaurant kitchens in the 1970s and 1980s. We were both creatures of our times and like him, I also enjoyed experimenting with mind-altering substances.

From Bourdain's writing I learned that there are no boring subjects, just boring descriptions. He could make a simple sandwich sound significant.

If you watched any of his shows and listened to his dialog you could tell those were his words. He agonized over them. He nurtured them. He had a great writing style that I'd love to emulate.

Thanks for taking us along to all those parts unknown. Goodbye Anthony Bourdain.
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