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Anthony Bourdain: The Legacy of a Storyteller

  “Why do you write?” is a question frequently posed to writers. It’s a question I’ve often asked myself. The answer for me is simple. Why do I write? Because there are stories in me waiting for me to tell.            Storytelling isn’t just an art. It’s a way of connecting people, places, and ideas. When celebrity chef, travel documentarian, and author, Anthony Bourdain died earlier this month, he was most fondly described as a superb storyteller, but not only by his professional peers. While tributes poured in from fellow celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson, and Jamie Oliver to dignities like Barack Obama, the most revealing praise came from the ordinary people Bourdain liked to share his time with.                       Outside Les Halles, the French restaurant where Bourdain was once executive chef, notes were attached to the storefront, along with flowers and other gifts. Some notes were brief, written on tiny post-its. “You were loved. No reservations.” “Mr. Bourdain, you for made faraway places seem not so far away. Like home. Rest easy.” Many were written in foreign languages. Longer notes thanked Bourdain for being “an authentic and inspiring storyteller…reminding us to experience and savor life.” “Thank you for bringing a respectful […]

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