In many ways I’m the last person to appreciate a talk by a famous international chef–I’m picky, American and provincial in my eating habits–yet I found this discussion by Marco Pierre White fascinating and inspiring. He is a charming, intelligent man who understands both his craft and his place in the world. The chef as artist proves true in Mr. White’s case.
I recently published an essay on the online literary site The Millions titled, “Paris, Wikipedia and My Middle Age Crisis.”
Each man’s middle age crisis begins at an indeterminate age and offers a peculiar window into the architecture of masculine decline. In this respect it mimics death, which is both punctual and ruthlessly efficient in its demolitions. For many men, the crisis begins with the fear that your Emersonian Self-Reliance is spent, or even worse, you’ve sucked so deeply on the marrow of life that you are now as penniless as Henry David Thoreau . . . Go here to read the full essay.