Down and Out in Paradise

Down and Out in Paradise by Charles Leerhsen

“One day about twelve years before he started to smoke and drink, Anthony Bourdain was born.” That’s the opening sentence in the new, unauthorized biography of Anthony Bourdain. That’s how you start a biography about Tony. This is an an unvarnished look at the man by Charles Leerhsen. According to Bon Appetit it’s, “…being criticized […]

What is a ‘Second Act’?

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A second act, as I’m defining it, is the phase in a career that is distinct from what preceded it. The arc of Bourdain’s career I wrote about in my first post represents one of the more distinct examples of a second act. His career had clear before and after periods. Act One in his […]

Thanks, Tony.

Stay Vigilant exists because of Anthony Bourdain. When I found out he was 44 years old when he published Kitchen Confidential I realized I had no excuse to not launch my own brand. As I write this blog post, I’m 44 years old. In 6 days I’ll be 45. Age isn’t just a number. It’s a reminder that […]