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Friday, June 08, 2018

Hate to See Him Go...

The Human Condition... "The human condition is "the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality".[1] This is a very broad topic which has been and continues to be pondered and analyzed from many perspectives, including those of religion, philosophy, history, art, literature, anthropology, psychology, and biology."

The news this morning is like a punch in the gut. Anthony Bourdain is found dead in France. Word is that it is an "apparent suicide." I find it a bit hard to process. Always admired the man, first discovered him by reading his book "Kitchen Confidential," and over the years, have watched many of his cable shows.

I actually stopped watching his show after one episode where the villagers in some remote outpost murdered a wild pig. It was all done so cavalierly, and with a sort easy laugh, which didn't sit well with me. It reminded me I'm sort of a semi-militant vegetarian. Still whenever I saw Bourdain in conversation or print, I was enlivened.

It's a bit baffling & disconcerting when someone more successful, smarter, funnier, and more lively than you decides to kill themselves. Anthony didn't seem ill. He seemed to be riding a wave of good work. I think of him standing in front of the R&R Hall of Fame in Cleveland, smoking a cigarette, bitching about how you can't actually go in the building smoking a cigarette, or drinking from a flask, and that the whole point of R&R, as epitomized by his beloved Ramones, was to always be engaged in risky behavior. That was what it meant to be alive - too much fun - Sex, Drugs, & R&R. Add to that list: Laughter, Love and Good Food too!

Hate to see him go...

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