Anthony Bourdain

Taylor Swift Is Not Your Mom, But She May Be Your “Aunt Becky”: Links You Need to See

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If you’ve been jonesing for worldwide fame and recognition, right now is your chance: Game of Thrones is looking to cast some unknowns for season six. If you fit the bill of “Priestess,” “Pirate,” or “one of the greatest soldiers in Westeros,” drop out of medical school or whatever else you’re doing this instant and go to the casting call. Or, you can just forever keep being an Ordinary Person (OP), only remembered in old family photos or in unflattering, hyperreal sculptures by Duane Hanson like these other OPs. Look, when you’re famous (like Lena Dunham), you can post photos of yourself in your lingerie on Instagram and get almost 100,000 likes. Just like that. So what are you waiting for?
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“Smoothies, What the Fuck”: Steve Albini on Cooking, Celebrity Chefs, and Why Foodie Culture Sucks

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Of all the searing appraisals attributed to Steve Albini — musician (Shellac, Big Black), recording engineer (Nirvana, The Breeders, PJ Harvey, the list goes on forever), owner of Chicago’s Electrical Audio studio, thrower of truth bombs, notoriously fair dude — the one that sticks with me the most comes from the least likely source: his 2012 interview with Bon Appétit. “I hate [the word] foodie because it’s cute, like pretty much all diminutives associated with eating,” he told the magazine. “Veggies, sammies, parm. I eat food, and I cook it: it’s for eating, preferably with friends, and I don’t make a fetish out of it.”
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The Best and Worst of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

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The SXSW Film Festival will continue through the weekend (albeit mostly with repeat screenings and music-related films, pegged to the concurrent music fest), but your correspondent has returned from Austin, with a belly full of BBQ and a head full of leftover images and snatches of dialogue from the 21 narrative and documentary films I took in over my week in Texas. Here are a few thoughts on each, along with the best and worst films I saw there.
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Book of the Week: Simon Wroe’s ‘Chop Chop’

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It’s always interesting to go to a restaurant where they let you watch all the action in the kitchen. You see all the chopping, all the frying, and the whole process of your food being prepared. Yet I can only count a handful of times when I’ve been privy to such a thing, since most of the time the kitchen is hidden from the view of the diner, for more than a few good reasons. Anybody who has spent even a little bit of time in one can tell you that a restaurant kitchen can be a rough place where people yell and get burned and sliced while trying to do their work. And as we’ve seen on TV shows like Iron Chef and anything involving Gordon Ramsay, the kitchen sometimes resembles a war zone.
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50 Essential Novels for Foodies

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‘Tis the season, as they say, to stuff your face. Thanksgiving, that hallowed day of highly caloric foods and oft-tempestuous family relations, is upon us. To celebrate — or just to escape the festivities for a while — why not nourish the foodie in you with some gourmand-friendly literature? Behold, a spread worthy of kings: 50 essential works of fiction to whet your appetite, and then satisfy it, and then satisfy it some …Read More

Marilyn Hagerty’s ‘Grand Forks’: Unpretentious Food Writing Is the New Outsider Art

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The term “outsider art” has always bothered me. It implies that if you want to be an artist of any sort, you need to go through the proper channels, fill out the right paperwork, live in the right place, and make sure you look and act the part at all times. It is a term nearly as infuriating and insulting as the one Americans use to describe Fela Kuti or Os Mutantes: “world music.” These are terms we apply to art that we see as the “other,” good or bad. Hence the labels, and the hundreds of essays that will follow about how all American art is a capitalist tool to decorate the walls of the bourgeois, blah blah blah.
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