Man, this one hurts. Here’s why I loved Anthony Bourdain so much.

When television began to celebrate stupidity and reward cruelty, his programs opted for discovery and curiosity.

He prodded Americans to rethink their homogenized diets of reheated bile from Olive Garden and get a bit more adventurous with their food choices.

He showed us how fun it is to travel off the beaten path in other countries instead of hiding in all-white resort compounds.

He proved you could have a towering intellect and not be a pompous asshole. He despised hipsters, elitist food culture and wasn’t afraid of the occasional diarrhea-inducing meal.

He was the man every man wanted to be, while rejecting toxic masculinity.

What a huge loss. Rest In peace.

Illustrator, artist and hermit

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