Eat Your Words! Anthony Bourdain on Being Wrong
Anthony Bourdain's first nonfiction book, Kitchen Confidential, introduced the world to a kind of one-man alt-FDA: a six-foot-four-inch executive chef and former heroin addict who wrote like Kerouac by way of Blackbeard and would gladly fillet your sorry ass with his own kitchen knife if you showed up late to work. More books and the hugely successful Travel Channel show No Reservations soon followed. His latest book, Medium Raw, will be published by Ecco on June 8. (Yes, like mine.) Over at Slate, I, um, grill him about being wrong. You can read the interview here.
Okay, maybe you don’t have strong beliefs about the “right” way to load a dishwasher, or about your sweetheart’s propensity to do it “wrong.” In that case, either you are unusually saintly or (like me) you don’t own a dishwasher. But you almost certainly get involved in domestic disputes about who’s right and who’s wrong all the time; we all do. Although interpersonal arguments can have a number of causes – from serious and painful breaches in trust to the fact that we haven’t had our coffee yet – an impressive number of them amount to a tug-of-war over who possesses the truth. We fight over the right to be right.