Warning: This piece contains language and content regarding suicide that some people may find sensitive or triggering. Fashion designer Kate Spade died by suicide on Tuesday, June 5th. She was 55. Anthony Bourdain, the good-natured celebrity chef, died three days later, at 61, also by suicide. Bourdain and Spade’s deaths were doubly mourned because they were icons: Spade’s handbags defined a part of ‘90s New York City; Bourdain’s legacy as an astute, caring chronicler of the kitchen and other parts of the world is as yet unmatched. The day Bourdain died, The New York Timespublished a remembrance by Pete Wells, the paper’s restaurant critic. It wasn’t quite an obituary, though it did summarize Bourdain’s life, and it wasn’t just a paean, because Wells chastised Bourdain (gently, of course) about what unsavory behaviors he might have prolonged with his veneration of swaggering kitchen jocks. In print, the headline read “Culinary Sage Who Served Up Unsavory Truths”; online, it read “Anthony Bourdain Was a Teller of Often Unappetizing Truths.” At The Washington Post, the print and web headlines were the same: “‘Brilliant, fearless spirit’: Fans and friends mourn Anthony Bourdain, who died at 61.” Both were measured, sober examples of how to write a headline after a person has died. Newsweek, on the other hand, took the opposite tack, producing a series of stories clearly designed to feed search engine demand. “Who Is Anthony Bourdain’s Ex-Wife Ottavia Busia? Chef Dead At 61,” read one; “What Is Anthony Bourdain’s Net Worth? Chef, Found… [Read full story]
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