Anthony Bourdain died one year ago today, when I was in the middle of making Keep Going. I gave him the last spread in the book.
My mom came to visit today. We were looking out on the lake and talking about the kids and their (seemingly) limitless curiosity. We were wondering (debating?) whether some people just come pre-wired with curiosity, or if it’s something that everybody has, like a muscle or an organ that you use or lose.
I was reminded of another similar conversation near the water: the one between Bourdain and Iggy Pop on S5E2 of Parts Unknown:
Iggy Pop: You seem like a curious person.
Anthony Bourdain: It’s my only virtue.
Iggy Pop: Curious is a good thing to be. It seems to pay some unexpected dividends.
Bourdain was a great, curious elder. I’m sorry he didn’t get to hang in with us longer, but I’m grateful for the fruits of his curiosity that he left behind.
For the rest of us, we have to stick around. Stay curious. Ask for help when we need it. There’s art left to make.