Sunday, November 7, 2021

the last book I ever read (Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography, excerpt five)

from Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever:

NANCY BOURDAIN: Everybody went to El Bulli, and I wasn’t allowed to go. And I said, “Tony, can’t you just pretend I’m somebody else, and I’ll take notes?” It was like, I couldn’t be the girl just taking notes at the restaurant; I couldn’t even go.

I said to Tony, “I want to be included.” Tony would do terrible things like make me sit on the damn floor, because he didn’t want a camera guy not to have a seat. I mean, I just felt like I was the lowest of the low, and after happens for a while, you don’t want to go.

When we were teenagers, we made fun of TV. Ted Baxter was on Mary Tyler Moore, and everything was goofy. It wasn’t something you aspired to, the little screen. But that changed over the years. Once it was offered to Tony, he grabbed it, and he was pretty selfish with it.

I think he was confused a lot. Looking back now, he handled it as well, I guess, as he could. No that’s not quite true, because, he [could] be very iron door, you know? Once Tony’s closed that iron door, it’s never coming up again.

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