Anthony Bourdain’s People Magazine Cover with Kate Spade

Anthony Bourdain: People Magazine Cover

Anthony Bourdain is on a double-suicide cover along with purse designer Kate Spade in the June 25, 2018, issue of People magazine. If you miss it on newsstands, you can order it for the Kindle from Amazon.com. I really loved Anthony Bourdain! Especially after reading his book, Kitchen Confidential. He made being a chef sound daring and fun! This was before Top Chef was on TV. I think he started the trend of chefs being cool and edgy.

Anthony Bourdain suicide People magazine cover

Anthony Bourdain suicide People magazine cover

See my previous post about the last episodes of Anthony’s travel show, Parts Unknown, airing on CNN (if you don’t get cable, you can buy the episodes on the Amazon Fire stick).

What is odd about the Anthony Bourdain suicide is that he was in the middle of filming an episode and he had a lot of people around him! The crew was there. And his best friend, chef Eric Ripert (famous for his French cooking at Le Bournadin – follow him on Instagram), was staying at the same small hotel. He was actually waiting for him to come down for breakfast (he hadn’t made it to the dinner they’d planned on the night before, either). When he didn’t show, he asked the hotel staff to open his room and found him dead. 😦

His on-off girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, is friends with Rose McGowen (both have gone public with their abuse at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein). Rose told reporters that Anthony had reached out to a medical professional for help with depression, but he didn’t follow through with the recommended treatment (likely counseling and anti-depressants). 😦

If you want to see who Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend is, she is in his Parts Unknown episode about Rome in Season 8. This is how they met!

Support suicide prevention efforts with the buttons and T-shirts I’ve made (click on the photos below). Suicide has touched me deeply because my friend attempted suicide and suffered a brain injury.

 

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Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide and Last Episodes of his TV Show

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Last Episodes

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown last episode

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown last episode

Anthony was filming in France when he hanged himself 😦 But this episode remains unfinished and will not be released. The last 2 episodes of his last season, Season 11, have now aired on CNN: Cajun Mardi Gras (in small-town Louisiana) and Bhutan (near Tibet).

I watched 2 of the episodes from Parts Unknown: Season 11 this week to remember him: Hong Kong and Berlin.

Parts Unknown: Hong Kong Episode with Famous Movie Director Christopher Doyle

The Hong Kong episode is notable because Anthony Bourdain said this was his favorite episode EVER! He was very excited and proud of this episode in the weeks before he died, which makes his suicide even more perplexing. The Hong Kong Parts Unknown is an enjoyable watch; Anthony meets his favorite movie director, who is a very eccentric old guy (British) who lives in Hong Kong and makes movies about tragic love affairs. The two get along like peas in a pod.

Anthony’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, is credited with directing the Hong Kong episode while Christopher Doyle is the cinematographer (Honestly, I’m not really sure what the difference is…which is bad because I used to live in our movie capital, Hollywood! I believe the cinematographer plans the look of the show by deciding what to focus on with the camera.).

The first lines of the show are “I fell in love with Asia…” A fun play on words because he is shown on a boat overlooking Hong Kong harbor, i.e. Asia, but his girlfriend’s name was Asia (pronounced “ah-zee-ah” I believe, because she’s Italian). Then he goes on to say being in love is the best thing, BUT it leaves you lonely (when you cannot be with the one you love). Then it shows him sitting alone on the deck of the boat, jotting notes in his travel journal. If you are looking for answers as to why Anthony Bourdain killed himself, is this the answer?

Why did Anthony Bourdain kill himself?

Why did Anthony Bourdain kill himself?

Parts Unknown: Berlin Episode and Drugs

I also watched Parts Unknown: Berlin because I’ve been thinking about moving to Germany (not to Berlin but to a smaller university town) to go to grad school in environmental science. However, everyone (including a pub patron in this episode) says Berlin is NOTHING like the rest of Germany, which is conservative and quiet. I was put off by the darkness of Berlin – lots of lost souls partying in all-night dance clubs. A) I am done partying and B) I live in Vegas and have had it up to here with all the drug people. AMERICA HAS A DRUG PROBLEM. This isn’t a good thing. It’s not about freedom and doing what you want. It’s about destruction and darkness. I am becoming more of a conspiracy theorist in regards to this: Is the American government making money from the drug trade? If not, why is America teeming with meth heads and opioid/pain pill addicts who become heroin addicts (cheaper and easier to find)? See how many homeless drug addicts you spot today as you drive around town.

Watch this Movie: American Made with Tom Cruise

Watch American Made, the excellent Tom Cruise movie (and book) about a real-life guy who helped the CIA move guns around to different foreign militias in exchange for drugs (cocaine) bought from the most infamous drug cartels of the day.

American Made drug movie with Tom Cruise

American Made drug movie with Tom Cruise

Baba Vanga Prophecies

Have you heard of Baba Vanga? The Daily Mail Online (my favorite newspaper, from the UK) wrote a story on her a couple days ago. She was a famous oracle in Bulgaria, near Russia. She did prophecies, like Nostradamus. Her wording was strange and poetic. For instance, after 9/11 her prophecy of “metal birds” creating “horror” in America was declared to be about the Twin Towers. She was illiterate and so never wrote down her predictions, but her followers kept track.

She correctly predicted a “Muslim war” in 2016 = ISIS in Syria and Iraq and Libya. She foresaw the Muslim fighters invading Europe. Uh-oh. Scarily, Baba Vanga said Europe would no longer exist by the end of 2016! Some people think she meant the EU will break apart…. But she also predicted that Europe would become an empty wasteland, so maybe she was talking about a chemical or nuclear attack? Some analysts think ISIS could get chemical weapons, maybe stealing them from Iraq or Syria, or figure out how to make a dirty bomb. Baba said the “Muslim war” would end in 2043, about 30 years from now. More bad news = she predicted the Muslim soldiers would capture Rome! Instead of housing the Vatican and the head of the Catholic church, it becomes the capital city of their caliphate!