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« Reply #1710 on: June 08, 2018, 03:13:46 PM »
The travel host Anthony Bourdain, whose memoir Kitchen Confidential about the dark corners of New York’s restaurants started a career in television, died on Friday at 61.

For the past several years, Mr. Bourdain hosted the show Parts Unknown on CNN and was working on an episode in Strasbourg, France, when he died, the network said Friday morning. He killed himself in a hotel room, the network said.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague,” CNN said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the United States Embassy in Paris also confirmed his death. “We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haute-Rhin department of France,” the Embassy said. “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular services. Out of respect for the family, we have no further comment.”

In everything he did, Mr. Bourdain cultivated a renegade style and bad-boy persona.

For decades, he worked 13-hour days as a line cook in restaurants in New York and the Northeast before he became executive chef in the 1990s at Brasserie Les Halles, serving steak frites and onion soup in Lower Manhattan. He had been the chef there for eight years when he sent an unsolicited article to The New Yorker about the underbelly of the restaurant world and its deceptions.

To his surprise, the magazine accepted it and ran it — catching the attention of book editors. It resulted in Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a memoir that elevated Mr. Bourdain to a ce le brity chef and a new career on TV. Before he joined CNN in 2012, he spent eight seasons as the globe-trotting host of No Reservations on the Travel Channel, highlighting obscure cuisine and unknown restaurants.

Mr. Bourdain became an instant hero to a certain breed of professional cooks and restaurant goers when Kitchen Confidential hit the best-seller lists in 2000.

He is largely credited for defining an era of line cooks as warriors, exposing a kitchen culture in which drugs, [...] and long, brutal hours on the line in professional kitchens were both a badge of honor and a curse....

No Reservations largely focused on food and Mr. Bourdain himself. But on Parts Unknown, he turned the lens around, delving into different countries around the world and the people who lived in them. He explored politics and history with locals, often over plates of food and drinks.

Mr. Bourdain also famously appeared with President Barack Obama on an episode of Parts Unknown in Vietnam in 2016. Over cold beers, grilled pork and noodles, they discussed Vietnamese-American relations, Mr. Obama’s final months in office and fatherhood.

Ce le brit ies in the food and entertainment worlds expressed deep shock and disbelief Friday morning. Nigella Lawson, the British cookbook author and television personality, tweeted, “Heartbroken to hear about Tony Bourdain’s death. Unbearable for his family and girlfriend. Am going off twitter for a while.”

Michael Symon, the chef and host of ABC's The Chew, tweeted that he was in shock. Other ce le brit ies ranging from the journalist Megyn Kelly to the musician Robbie Robertson expressed grief. Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and commentator on CNN, recalled the excellent travel advice he gave her.

“When I traveled to some exotic place I’d not been before — the last were Beirut and Amman — I’d text Bourdain & ask where I should eat. He gave the best, most fun recommendations. I’d like to think he’s scouting out the best watering holes and places to eat in heaven, right now.”
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« Reply #1711 on: June 23, 2018, 03:54:52 AM »
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER (1950 – 2018)

Irving Charles Krauthammer was born in Manhattan on March 13, 1950, to parents who were Jewish refugees from Europe. Five years later, the family moved to Montreal. Charles studied political science and economics at McGill University, and graduated first in his class in 1970.

Switching careers, he went to Harvard to study medicine. That discipline, he later wrote, “promised not only moral certainty, but intellectual certainty, a hardness to truth, something not to be found in the universe of politics.”

A diving accident there snapped his spinal cord and left him a quadriplegic, but didn’t stop his studies. Focusing on psychiatry, he completed his studies on time, and eventually became the chief resident of the psychiatric consultation service at Massachusetts General Hospital. a professor with whom he had done important research on bipolar disorder was appointed to a mental health agency created by President Jimmy Carter. Krauthammer went, too.

That Washington connection evidently reignited his interest in politics. He worked as a speechwriter for Walter Mondale, and found his true calling as a writer. He joined the staff of the New Republic in 1981, received a National Magazine Award in 1984 and joined the Washington Post the next year.

In 1984, he coined the term “the Reagan Doctrine” to describe “overt and unashamed American support for anti-Communist revolution” in the form of proxy wars from Nicaragua to Angola. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he was credited with popularizing the phrase “unipolar moment” in commentaries that advocated solidifying American hegemony in an era when no other power came close to matching the United States in might.

His arguments found favor with the growing tide of neoconservatives in the GOP and saw their most intense expression during the first term of the Bush administration.

Yet Dr. Krauthammer, whom Bush named to the President’s Council on Bioethics, was never completely a partisan warrior. He differed from many cultural conservatives by favoring legalized abortion and stem-cell research and abhorred the idea of “intelligent design,” calling it “a fraud,” “today’s tarted-up version of creationism.”

He scolded the tea party, a loud minority within the GOP that tried to force its way legislatively with government shutdowns, as the “suicide caucus.” It was one thing to be a “blocking element” in the minority, he said, but their tactics were no way to govern.

Dr. Krauthammer was apoplectic about the rise and election of President Trump, calling him a “moral disgrace” for his initial refusal to fully condemn a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and a walking “systemic stress test.”

"I used to think Trump was an 11-year-old, an undeveloped schoolyard bully," he wrote in August 2016, around the time Trump officially became the Republican nominee. "I was off by about 10 years. His needs are more primitive, an infantile hunger for approval and praise, a craving that can never be satisfied. He lives in a cocoon of solipsism where the world outside himself has value — indeed exists — only insofar as it sustains and inflates him."

Outside of his political thinking, he was chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, a group that revives largely forgotten Jewish classical music on the concert stage. He was also noted for his love of baseball – to the point where the Washington Nationals honored him with a moment of silence before the start of their game Thursday after the news of his death broke. Chess was another passion of his.

“…but at our club, when you lose with a blunder that instantly illuminates the virtues of assisted suicide, we have a cure. Rack 'em up again. Like pool. A new game, right away. We play fast, very fast, so that memories can be erased and defeats immediately avenged. I try to explain to friends that we do not sit in overstuffed chairs smoking pipes in five-hour games. We play like the vagrants in the park--at high speed with clocks ticking so that thinking more than 10 or 20 seconds can be a fatal extravagance. In speed (“blitz”') chess, you've got 5 or 10 minutes to play your entire game. Some Mondays we get in a dozen games each. No time to recriminate, let alone ruminate.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/charleskrauthammer/2002/12/27/the-pariah-chess-club-n1010830

Charles was one of those vanishingly rare Washingtonians who could be both likable and logical. This is not easy in a town where the local industry, politics — unlike, say, engineering; get things wrong and the bridges buckle — thrives on unrefuted errors. – George Will

“He had great lucidity of thought and was an extremely pungent polemicist,” Jacob Heilbrunn said of Dr. Krauthammer. “Those traits manifested themselves once more in his searing denunciations of Donald Trump as a phony. They showed that Krauthammer wasn’t simply a reflexive, unthinking conservative who was peddling the party line. He had real discernment and independence. At bottom, he was an intellectual, not just a journalist, with real literary flair and style and insight.”

“History is shaped by its battle of ideas, and I wanted to be in the arena,” Dr. Krauthammer once said, “not because I want to fight, but because some things need to be said. And some things need to be defended.”




 
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« Reply #1712 on: June 28, 2018, 09:06:39 AM »
Michael and Janet's dad Joseph Jackson, died after fighting pancreatic cancer. He was 89.
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« Reply #1713 on: June 28, 2018, 09:21:19 AM »
^ Say what you will about him, especially in the later scandal tinged life of the last two decades, he fully recognized the inherent talent of his family and capitalized on it and escaped poverty from Gary, Indiana, to great material success back in the 60's.

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« Reply #1714 on: June 29, 2018, 10:39:23 PM »
^ Say what you will about him, especially in the later scandal tinged life of the last two decades, he fully recognized the inherent talent of his family and capitalized on it and escaped poverty from Gary, Indiana, to great material success back in the 60's.

I wholly agree. To go from such grinding poverty to helping to create the world's greatest entertainer, is an amazing feat.
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« Reply #1715 on: July 03, 2018, 12:11:07 AM »
HARLAN ELLISON (1934-2018)

https://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2018/06/harlan_ellison_fiery_and_brilliant_writer_from_cleveland_dead_at_84.html

"Harlan uses his gifts for colorful and variegated invective on those who irritate him--intrusive fans, obdurate editors, callous publishers, offensive strangers.  Little real harm is done, but it is particularly hard on editors who are young women, who have not been hardened to auctorial peculiarities.  He can reduce them to tears in three minutes. The result is that many editorial staffs and many Hollywood people too (for Harlan is not just a science fiction writer--is is a *writer* in the fullest sense of the word) are reluctant to deal with him.  What's more, he is so colorful and his personality sticks out so far in all directions that many people take pleasure in saying malicious things about him. 

This is too bad, for two reasons.  In the first place, he is (in my opinion) one of the best writers in the world, far more skilled at the art than I am.  It is simply terrible that he should be constantly embroiled and enmeshed in matters which really have nothing to do with his writing and which slow him down tragically.

Second, Harlan is not the kind of person he seems to be.  He takes a perverse pleasure in showing the worst side of himself, but if you ignore that and work your way past his porcupine spines (even though it leaves you bleeding) you will find underneath a warm, loving guy who would give you the blood out of his veins if the thought that would help.

Isaac Asimov

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« Reply #1716 on: July 07, 2018, 02:59:36 AM »
CLAUDE LANZMANN (1925-2018)

If you were going to make one movie that would earn you cinematic immortality, what would it be?

Would it be a grand epic costume drama? A slapstick romantic comedy? An arthouse film? An action-adventure flick that would launch a franchise?

Or would it be the most important documentary ever?

Lanzmann was born in in Bois-Colombes, a Paris suburb, into a family of non-practicing Jews. When France fell to German occupation, the family went into hiding at a farm in Auvergne. At the age of 17, he joined the French Resistance as a member of a Communist group. While he continued his schooling using forged papers, Lanzmann served as a machine-gunner in attacks on German convoys.

Following the war, Lanzmann studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. After a stint as a teacher in Berlin, he returned to Paris, where he soon got to know the major intellectual figures of the time, including Sartre and de Beauvoir.

Somewhere along the way, he became a filmmaker. His first work, a 1973 documentary about life in Israel, got him a commission from that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Could he put together a two-hour (or so) documentary on The Holocaust?

He decided, he wrote in his autobiography, The Patagonian Hare (2009), that "the subject of the film would be death itself, death rather than survival . . . For 12 years I tried to stare relentlessly into the black sun of the Shoah." The term means "catastrophe" in Hebrew and is often used as a name for the Holocaust.

In an obsessive search for witnesses, Mr. Lanzmann tracked down some of the last surviving members of the Sonderkommandos, groups of Jewish prisoners ordered to assist in the arrival and disposal of victims for the gas chambers and crematoriums. And he was persistent in seeking interviews with former Nazis. He initially approached his subjects directly, telling them who he was and what he was working on. All refused. He resorted to hidden cameras, changing his name, saying he was just a scholar doing research, and telling his interviewees that he wouldn't identify them in the finished film (he did).

Six years later, he had collected over 350 hours of film. He spent five more years editing it down to 563 minutes (nearly nine and a half hours) of brutally banal interviews.

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A: You see, once the gas was poured in, it worked like this: It rose from the ground upwards. And in the terrible struggle that followed - because it was a struggle - the lights were switched off in the gas chambers. It was dark, no one could see, so the strongest people tried to climb higher. Because they probably realized that the higher they got, the more air there was. They could breathe better. That caused the struggle. Secondly, most people tried to push their way to the door. It was psychological; they knew where the door was; maybe they could force their way out. It was instinctive, a death struggle. Which is why children and weaker people and the aged always wound up at the bottom. The strongest were on top. Because in the death struggle, a father didn't realize his son lay beneath him.

Q. And when the doors were opened?

A. They fell out. People fell out like blocks of stone, like rocks falling out of a truck.

Shoah was released in 1985. Lanzmann donated his unused footage to The Holocaust Museum, and further edited it down to more endurable, stand-alone films.

Mr. Lanzmann was often critical of Holocaust films such as Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful and Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which he described as "a kitschy melodrama" in which "the extermination is a setting." Among his chief complaints of the Spielberg film was its ending — a relatively happy one in which survivors placed pebbles on the grave of Schindler, who was credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews.

For Mr. Lanzmann, the scene suggested a closure and finality that never truly existed. "The last image of Shoah is different," he wrote in a column for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. "It is a train which rides and never stops. It says that the Holocaust has no ending."

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A. That was happening to my countrymen, and I realized that my life had become meaningless. (His eyes fill with tears.) Why go on living? For what? So I went into the gas chamber with them, resolved to die. With them. Suddenly, some who recognized me came up to me. . . . A small group of women approached. They looked at me and said, right there in the gas chamber . . .

Q. You were inside the gas chamber?

A. Yes. One of them said: "So you want to die. But that's senseless. Your death won't give us back our lives. That's no way. You must get out of here alive, you must bear witness to our suffering and to the injustice done to us."

And that is the final message of this extraordinary film. It is not a documentary, not journalism, not propaganda, not political. It is an act of witness. In it, Claude Lanzmann celebrates the priceless gift that sets man apart from animals and makes us human, and gives us hope: the ability for one generation to tell the next what it has learned. - Roger Ebert
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