Life never lived up to what Anthony Bourdain wanted it to be

Life never lived up to what Anthony Bourdain wanted it to be

Sign up for our Remote Control newsletter to receive our best streaming stories of the week in your inbox, as well as SFGATE staff picks and updates on when your favorite shows will return. I’d like to share something Chris Bourdain told me three years ago. We were eating dinner at a very nice restaurant in Manhattan and I was interviewing Chris for a second time, as part of an enormous retrospective on the life of his brother Anthony, who died by suicide in June 2018. I didn’t know Anthony Bourdain, but I loved him. I also held up his life as an ideal template for how people — Americans in particular — should both see the world and think about it. More important, I just thought his life was f—king FUN, but the people closest to Tony knew that wasn’t necessarily true. And this is where Chris Bourdain comes in. I don’t know if this was something Chris had been thinking about for a while, or if it had simply come to him in the moment, but it was …
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