“Bourdain understood that the point of journalism is to tell the truth, to challenge the powerful, to expose wrongdoing. But his unique gift was to make doing all that look fun rather than grim or tedious.”  – David Klion

Is/was there a more compelling TV personality?

  • So relatable to everyone: 
    • Addict, hedonist, humble, sensitive, confident, conflicted, ballsy, intellect, chef, journalist, traveler, kind-hearted, activist, equal rights advocater, romantic, family man, music fanatic, workaholic…something for all of us!

Why did Bourdain have the effect that he had?

  • Felt like a friend and mentor
  • Was so much more than just a food show; he was so much more than a celebrity chef
    • Multi-dimensionality was so different and addictive
  • He represented the pirates and swashbucklers – gave a lot of us hope

We left wanting more….

  • This is our kind of TV. 
  • Forgot how much I missed this show/him
    • Went home, started watching a Cook’s Tour from episode 1 and have recycled No Reservations and Parts Unkown


  • Love the honesty
  • Love the transparancy
  • Loved memory lane
  • “Felt like the gathering after the funeral of a friend”
    • How can so many people feel the exact same way – amazing impact
  • Defacing the mural – seemed so fucking appropriate
  • Loved it all


  • Deep fake felt icky
  • Didn’t interview Asia Argento?
    • The narrative certainly pointed to her for a lot of the blame
    • “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets.” – Rose McGowan
  • Give more of the origin story (writers did not do this on purpose)
  • Much time spendton painting him as the anti-architect of his life
  • Felt like it needed to be more organized…risk they took

A beautiful tragedy…one last addiction was the demise.

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