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Friday, August 04, 2006

Anthony Bourdain: Libertarian?

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing Anthony Bourdain by phone for a piece I'm writing for Doublethink, the magazine of the America's Future Foundation (AFF).

I set out to ask Bourdain a bunch of questions he'd never been asked to respond to in print (so far as I can tell) about his time in Beirut and his views on things like the nanny state, genetically modified crops, drug legalization, vegans and vegetarians, regulation of the fast-food industry, and globalization. The goal of this line of questioning is perhaps best summed up by this one I lobbed his way toward the end of our 40-minute talk:
In my pitch for this piece, I wrote that “I think you are probably the best popular example of a person living and promoting a libertarian lifestyle in America today.”

I’m wondering if this might be true, or if it’s something like gay men’s fascination with Tom Cruise – that sort of we’d love to have him be one of us, so let’s just fantasize that he’s one of us mentality. Any thoughts on this?
What'd he say? Wouldn't you like to know? Well, I'm not telling. You'll have to buy the magazine -- with his surprising answer to this and other questions -- when it comes out this fall. (The article and audio from the interview will also be made available at Doublethink's website.)

In the meantime, you can find a bunch of new Bourdain up on the web to sate your appetite. There's last week's WashingtonPost.com chat, in which he answered the question I submitted about his best meal in Beirut. There's his great Salon piece on Beirut, also from last week. And there are three podcasts for you to listen to at Raincoast Books.

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