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Bourdain Ramblings

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A take on Anthony and the people that failed him

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Chapter 1

My ilk recognizes that my proclivity for over indulgence and self deprecation, far outweighs my desire to self aggrandize.

This leads me to a random point that may be tangential. And I don’t give a fuck, so listen to what I have to say!

I’ve been reading Anthony Bourdain’s books and they’ve spawned some searing effects; prolific wonderments on my behalf, you’re welcome you wankers, and a conclusion that really bothered me. In fact, It chilled me to the bone. What I concluded will come later, a touch of coercion to read my confessions.

If you’ve read Bourdain, youre well aware he was an asshole. Unfettered, he spouted whatever clouded his mind. It was clear in his literary ramblings as well as his diction his reality became distorted.

What transpired later in his writing was a precipitous free-fall into hyper-depression and self-loathing. There’s a huge difference between self awareness, jokes and the darkness that ensued in his later pieces.

You can say hindsight is 20/20 or that it’s easy to assess a situation after the fact. It was clear Anthony was mentally unraveling. The lucid notations in his writing that he was “burned out” went un-addressed with negligent apathy. It’s especially troublesome, considering his passed drug use and recovery were well publicized.

He used to joke about his shortcomings. Towards his un-timely terminus, he scribed flippantly jokes about his own self-cessation. I don’t blame his family and friends. He pushed himself to the absolute limit and ultimately made his own choices.

Those I do blamw, are the ones who rode his money train until that little choo-choo could go no more. They recognized his talent and pumped it the moon. All the while, ignoring glaring warning signs that his pace of life was untenable. For that I say, how dare you? It didnt take genius to read the clear pain and agony in his words. He asked for help, but was misunderstood and ignored. Most blatantly, because it was mode advantageous to others to keep quiet.

***more to come****

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