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The beautifully subversive politics of Anthony Bourdain

By Lisa Van Dusen      

While people continue to share the impact the writer and world traveller had on their lives, his most lasting legacy may be political.

Whatever his other fears may have been, food writer Anthony Bourdain was fearless about solidarity, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Photograph courtesy of the Peabody Awards

While he avoided expressing partisan views in his shows, Anthony Bourdain was political in a way that didn’t feel as political a decade ago. The fact that, by the time of his recent death, his cultural output felt courageously political says more about the degradation of politics than about the evolution of Bourdain’s character.

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