Anthony Bourdain

The Best and Worst of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

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. … Read More

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Book of the Week: Simon Wroe’s ‘Chop Chop’

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. … Read More

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50 Essential Novels for Foodies

‘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

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

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. … Read More

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10 Great Books for the Nonreaders on Your Holiday Gift List

If you’re a reader, you understand. For the holidays, all you want is a stack of books, so sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to get for your less literary-minded loved ones. Well, you can still give them books. But you have to choose carefully. Just as we did last year, this holiday season we’ve put together a helpful guide of new books that even your most prose-averse friends will love — whether they admit it to you or not. Click through to check out the gift guide, and let us know what you’re giving the nonreaders on your list in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Earlier today Tina Brown announced that after 80 years as a print publication, Newsweek will move to an all-digital format beginning next year. The new incarnation of the magazine, Newsweek Global, will be available to readers through a paid subscription model. [via Media Decoder]

2. There’s not a whole lot to see… Read More

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Andrew WK, Kristen Schaal, Anthony Bourdain, and Other Familiar Faces Star in Joey Ramone’s “New York City” Video

The idea of another posthumous Joey Ramone album may trouble us, but a new music video for a track off “…yaknow?” has forced us to admit that it’s not all bad. Directed by Greg Jardin, “New York City” is a stop-motion homage to Ramone’s hometown, juxtaposing more than 100 locals wearing the band’s signature leather jackets with over 1600 photographs taken throughout the boroughs. Among the participants are a whole lot of famous New Yorkers, from Anthony Bourdain and Andrew WK to Kristen Schaal and Reggie Watts. Music fans will will recognize members of Les Savy Fav, the Dictators, Matt & Kim, and The Drums. And, of course, Ramone’s band mates and collaborators — including Tommy Ramone, producer Ed Stasium, and Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh — also appear. However you feel about the album, the video is a loving tribute that’s sure to strike a chord with New Yorkers and Ramones fans alike. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Transcendental Youth, The Mountain Goats’ 15th studio LP, is due out on October 2nd! According to the John Hodgman-penned press release, it’s “full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won’t stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them.” Also just announced: the details on Grizzly Bear’s fourth album Shields,… Read More

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Restaurant Design: The Bold, the Beautiful and the Bizarre

In the soap opera that is life, one of our greatest small pleasures is perusing the latest Yelp reviews to see what fabulous new eating experience we need to get out and have. In the words of our favorite badboy culinary explorer, Anthony Bourdain, “your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

From a table suspended 165 feet in the air to a cafe in a waterfall to a restaurant you can eat, here are our picks for doing just that. Let us know in the comments what bold, beautiful, or bizarre dining experiences we might have missed! … Read More

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