The Anthony Bourdain Principle

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Lately, in preparation for my grad trip to South America, I’ve been watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation and Parts Unknown. Watching his shows reminded me of why his show was one of my favourites growing up.

It didn’t matter where he was or if he spoke the language or not, Bourdain had a knack for connecting with people. He made people laugh, made people cry, and made people open up despite the language barriers or cultural differences.

In a blog post, Bourdain writes about his secret to getting to know someone over a meal:

It’s always great when you can tell a story of a place through the eyes of an individual. It’s even better when that individual is an extraordinarily creative and talented artist with a unique way of looking at the world.

How did they get from there” to here”? What mysterious forces shaped them? What was it about the place and circumstances of their upbringing that helped push them, gave them the drive and the hunger to be different, to be bold, to insist on carving out their own path?
March 21, 2022

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