Eat, Drink and Be Merry: A Bittersweet Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

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I was sitting in a coffee shop on June 8, 2018, when a friend texted to alert me of the suicide of Anthony Bourdain, the famous chef-turned-author-and-TV-host. A few minutes later, my wife texted to tell me the same. A few minutes after that, another text from another friend.

Now, just a few days after the news of his death, the Internet is filled with eulogies, praises and farewells. Some write because they were friends. Some write because they were fans. And some seem to have written because the death of a celebrity is a jarring event that forces us to face the fact that all the things we sometimes wish we had in greater abundance—money, fame, success, food, travel—cannot cure misery or stave off death. …Read More.