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