Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever:
JOEL ROSE: I was so adamantly against him taking that course with Gordon Lish. I thought he had nothing to teach him and could only hurt him in his writing. I thought Tony was a natural writer, a dedicated writer. He knew not where he was going—he couldn’t possibly—but he was willing to figure it out. He was already good, and I was afraid that someone as ego driven as Lish would confuse his own egocentric feelings and pollute Tony’s work.