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V.S. Naipaul, Who Explored Colonialism Through Unsparing Books, Dies at 85

V.S. Naipaul, the Nobel laureate who documented the migrations of peoples, the unraveling of the British Empire, the ironies of exile and the clash between belief and unbelief in more than a dozen unsparing novels and as many works of nonfiction, died on Saturday at his home in London. He was …

Literature

Your Guide to India's Upcoming General Election

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reason to feel less confident about the coming general election than he once did. His popularity has suffered …

India

The Billionaire Yogi Behind Modi’s Rise

On a hazy day in early February, some of the most powerful men in India’s government gathered at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi, an arena famous for its boisterous wrestling bouts. The men had come for a different kind of spectacle — a biographical film epic, whose initial episodes (out of 57 …

India

‘See Ya Later, Suckas!’ The Obituary of a 5-Year-Old Boy in His Own Words

Garrett Matthias, 5, thought about what his funeral would look like one day. He didn’t want a solemn gathering; he wanted a carnival-like atmosphere.<p>“Funerals are sad,” his obituary said. “I want five bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman and snow cones.”<p>When he died, he said he wanted “to be …

Iowa

The staggering rise of India’s super-rich

On 3 May, at around 4.45pm, a short, trim Indian man walked quickly down London’s Old Compton Street, his head bowed as if trying not to be seen. From his seat by the window of a nearby noodle bar, Anuvab Pal recognised him instantly. “He is tiny, and his face had been all over every newspaper in …

India

Legendary Sushi Chef Fights Tears Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Masa Takayama appeared in a 2016 episode of Bourdain's show, "Parts Unknown."<p>The death of restaurateur and author Anthony Bourdain devastated many in the culinary world, including sushi legend Masa Takayama.<p>Takayama, renowned chef and owner of the Michelin three-star sushi restaurant Masa in …

Parts Unknown

The Wire creator David Simon writes moving essay about his friendship with Anthony Bourdain

Tributes to Anthony Bourdain have flowed in since the celebrity chef’s took his own life last week. But one of the most unexpected, and moving, has come from screenwriter David Simon, creator of the hit HBO crime drama The Wire.<p>In a 4,000-word essay published on his blog, Simon recalls …

Patton Oswalt Shares Anthony Bourdain's Brutally Honest Email About Eating In Paris

The comedian said friends put together a list of Paris tips for his honeymoon. Then he sent that list to Anthony Bourdain.<p>Anthony Bourdain was loved and celebrated for his blunt way with words, and comedian Patton Oswalt shared an email Sunday that captured the late chef’s uncompromising spirit …

Anthony Bourdain

'Drink a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out': 22 of Anthony Bourdain’s wisest quotes about travel

Anthony Bourdain first rose to fame with his searingly honest memoir about life as a chef, <i>Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly</i>, but as his career progressed, it became evident that travel was a passion he held just as dear to his heart as food.<p>“If I am an advocate for …

Anthony Bourdain

Former Producer on 'No Reservations' Recalls Working With Anthony Bourdain

"As much as he was a chef, I believe he was a writer first... And he was the most curious, gracious, grateful traveller I have ever met," recalls …

Anthony Bourdain: A Life in Pictures

Miami Beach

Anthony Bourdain and the Missing Piece

<i>Ian Frisch | Longreads | June 2018 | 7 minutes (1,683 words)</i>Ludlow House, a members-only club in the Lower East Side, is a catacomb of various bars, …

Anthony Bourdain: 1956-2018

Forget about four-star hotels or luxury spa treatments: Bourdain is on a mission to illuminate underappreciated and misunderstood cultures, whether …

Anthony Bourdain Was American Cool

While far from perfect, Bourdain represented the best of America. An inspiration to those of us who feel that every part of the world has a …

Anthony Bourdain Showed Us a Better World

The chef, author, television host and progressive activist is gone but not forgotten.<p>The globe—from the markets of Manila to the jungles of the Congo …

When Anthony Bourdain Went Home to Face His Demons

In a 2014 episode of ‘Parts Unknown,’ Bourdain opened up about his brush with death as a young heroin addict.<p>Over the course of his 16 years as a …

Anthony Bourdain Put These Restaurants on the Map

Over nearly 300 episodes of television, Bourdain turned these restaurants into destinations.<p>Anthony Bourdain always aimed high. Episodes of <i>A Cook’s</i> …

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

The chef and writer, who died at 61, changed the way we think about restaurant kitchens and the people who work within them.<p><i>If you are having thoughts of suicide, please know that you are not alone. If you are in danger of acting on suicidal thoughts, call 911. For support and resources, call the</i> …

Kitchens

Anthony Bourdain’s Interview with David Remnick

Get SupportIf you are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<p>Anthony Bourdain—the chef turned author, food anthropologist, and television star—died this week, at sixty-one. Bourdain made his début in <i>The New Yorker</i> in 1999, with an …

Anthony Bourdain

Travels with Anthony Bourdain

When I woke up this morning and read that Anthony Bourdain had died, at the age of sixty-one, reportedly by suicide, it did not compute. Who was more volcanically <i>alive</i>? A chef turned writer and television host, he had designed a fantasy existence—travelling around the world, budget be damned, …

Anthony Bourdain and the Power of Telling the Truth

I have long maintained a theory that Anthony Bourdain—who died on Friday, at the age of sixty-one, of an apparent suicide—was the best-known celebrity in America. There are, I realize, actual ways to measure this sort of thing, but the intimacy that Bourdain cultivated with his fans was of a sort …

From In-N-Out to Chateau Marmont, Anthony Bourdain understood what makes L.A. great

Anthony Bourdain’s rough edges and uncensored way of looking at the world were irresistible to the many fans of his travel food shows, cookbooks and tell-all books on what life was really like in the kitchen.<p>As the host of “A Cook’s Tour” on Food Network, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the …

Anthony Bourdain opened the working-class kitchen to the world and the world to us

If you spent much time in food circles around the year 2000, you knew that American food culture was beginning to change — and not necessarily toward the embrace of the seasonable, sustainable, organic pleasures promised by the food revolution. Chefs had been part of popular culture for years. What …

Anthony Bourdain

Books were good to Anthony Bourdain — but TV was even better

“I was never sitting in a garret struggling over an unpublished manuscript,” Anthony Bourdain once told me about how he got started as a writer. As he chronicled in his bestselling gonzo memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” he was a chef in New York with excess appetites (food, booze, drugs) and a great …

A Community Organizer on How Anthony Bourdain Brought His Globe-Trotting Curiosity to an Overlooked Corner of America

Anthony Bourdain was known for showing Americans far-away places like Borneo and Myanmar. But he brought the same curiosity to an often-overlooked …

What Anthony Bourdain Said About His Own Success

Anthony Bourdain, the chef and Emmy Award-winning travel-show host, was found dead on Friday at 61 in an apparent suicide in his hotel room in …

Watching Anthony Bourdain Made Me Feel More Connected to Earth During My Year in Space

Before I spent a year onboard the International Space Station, I had a casual familiarity with Anthony Bourdain. If I was flipping through the …

'I Pray He Is at Peace.' Chef Eric Ripert Speaks Out After Finding 'Best Friend' Anthony Bourdain Dead

Eric Ripert called Anthony Bourdin his “best friend” in a heartfelt post about his longtime TV companion Friday.<p>Ripert, the co-owner and executive …

‘He Brought the World Into Our Homes.’ Friends and Fans Share Heartfelt Remembrances of Anthony Bourdain

Tributes to Anthony Bourdain from cooking colleagues, celebrities who were on his show and longtime fans poured in Friday after he was found dead …

'A Piece of My Heart Is Truly Broken.' Andrew Zimmern Remembers 'True Friend' Anthony Bourdain

Andrew Zimmern took to Twitter on Friday morning to mourn the death of his friend and fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who was found dead in …