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    SaucedButLeaking
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    Bourdain is one of my heroes. I started off my adult life thinking I could be a writer, and voices like his set me on fire. I had seen No Reservations on TV once or twice back in high school, but...

    Bourdain is one of my heroes. I started off my adult life thinking I could be a writer, and voices like his set me on fire. I had seen No Reservations on TV once or twice back in high school, but once the shows got to Netflix I binged through them and couldn't wait for more. Here was this guy, whose sardonic wit should be off-putting but instead bespoke a deep insight, and he seems to make friends wherever he goes. Just by being genuinely interested in what people have to say (and having a film crew behind him didn't hurt, I'm sure). Through his eyes, I gained an appreciation for cultures that are inherently different from my own. Through his words, I found confidence that I wasn't the only one who saw how fucked up things can be in the world. Through his travels, I found that there's beauty pretty much everywhere, if you're willing to look for it (and past all the things that end up on the editing room floor).

    My heart goes out to his family. This will not be an easy time for them, with the news discussing a husband and father who took his own life and all the commentary and speculation that comes with it. May they find peace.

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    1. Pilgrim
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      You said every thing I would have liked to have said. Hey was a beautiful person and will be missed. In my mind he was cut from the same cloth as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bower, etc. He was a...

      You said every thing I would have liked to have said. Hey was a beautiful person and will be missed. In my mind he was cut from the same cloth as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bower, etc. He was a rockstar - even if he didn't play music.

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  2. notnamed
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    Hearing the news made me think back to his blog post about the Beirut episode of No Reservations. We all have filter bubbles. We might be aware of some of them, or for the truly enlightened among...

    Hearing the news made me think back to his blog post about the Beirut episode of No Reservations.

    We all have filter bubbles. We might be aware of some of them, or for the truly enlightened among us, all of them. But the way we see the world is directly tied to how we react to it; our perceptions shaping reality. Bourdain said in his blog post that he felt the tone of his shows before the Beirut episode of No Reservations was "happy horseshit;" that in Beirut, when he and his crew had to be evacuated by the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he saw a more complete picture of the place he was in beyond his plate.

    Frankly, I disagree, because I don't think he has ever made "happy horseshit." But that post in particular has always stuck with me, because of the focus on ways to grow and improve as a human; to peer outside a filter bubble or two, to see and portray and share a fuller picture of a place - Beirut, and many other places besides.

    I could have learned about the sights, smells, and tastes of many of Bourdain's destinations around the world from any show. Bourdain brought a heart, but also a toughness; his shows highlighted people's resiliency, valued their traditions, but also new their ideas and fresh takes on food and culture with fresh eyes. He highlighted things both in his own back yard and in the furthest-flung corners of the world. His shows had a simple premise but nearly each episode was far more than the sum of its parts.

    He was a pilot light, ready with his crew to ignite and fan the flames of the passions of the people that he filmed and then capture it beautifully with the sights and sounds and tastes and textures that surrounded them. He had a pretty beautiful filter bubble, and it helped to shape mine, and how I perceive the world around me. But his worldview had an imperfection. I wish someone had known and could have helped in time. Goodbye, Anthony. Thank you for all the philosophizing over food, the beautiful sights, and the vegan jokes.

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    Ganymede
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    The world is a worse place without Anthony Bourdain in it. I will miss him terribly.

    The world is a worse place without Anthony Bourdain in it. I will miss him terribly.

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    1. goodbyebluemondays
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      Same with Robin Williams. I hope this doesn't have a snowball effect like it did with Cornell and Chester.

      Same with Robin Williams. I hope this doesn't have a snowball effect like it did with Cornell and Chester.

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  4. NoCoolUsrrname
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    I am bereft. Anthony Bourdain always seemed to me to embrace life so fully; to take big bites and laugh at the absurdities. This seems to me the antithesis of who he was. I will miss his...

    I am bereft. Anthony Bourdain always seemed to me to embrace life so fully; to take big bites and laugh at the absurdities. This seems to me the antithesis of who he was. I will miss his eloquence, his humor and his raging against all things banal.

    4 votes
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    It's been a bad week for celebrities. Kate Spade, the sister of the Queen of Holand and Bourdain, all suicides. Holy shit.

    It's been a bad week for celebrities. Kate Spade, the sister of the Queen of Holand and Bourdain, all suicides. Holy shit.

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    1. silva-rerum
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      Avicii a few weeks ago was another high-profile example of this, as are Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell. It's been a bad few years for that kind of thing.

      Avicii a few weeks ago was another high-profile example of this, as are Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell. It's been a bad few years for that kind of thing.

      4 votes