When There Is No Recovery: Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2013. (Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)
Yesterday was the anniversary of his death by suicide. His model of curiosity and generosity is disappearing from the world when we need it.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T wo years ago Anthony Bourdain, the star talent of CNN’s Parts Unknown, was found dead, having hanged himself from the doorknob of his luxury hotel room. I remember the news coming across my laptop and in news alerts on my telephone, while I was sitting in a library working on a manuscript. A presumptuous feeling welled up inside me, a kind of anger that was totally unjustified. I drove out to a Dunkin’ Donuts, and CNN was discussing it live. And the words just came out of me, “F*** you, Tony.”

I’m just a fan — a guy who read his