sometimes I like to swoon over Anthony Bourdain.
ZIMMERN: Is fatherhood the best thing that has happened in your life?
BOURDAIN: Every cliché is true. Everything is true. It’s the best thing that ever happens to you. It completely changes your life. Every minute since the first second that we even suspected that Ottavia was pregnant, every minute of pregnancy, delivery, infancy, every minute, every second has been an unimagined joy. It is constantly amazing to me. It’s so great to not be number one in your own universe anymore, you know. It’s all about the girl now. And that is just a deeply, deeply gratifying thing. My father used to read to me from a hard‑cover copy of Doctor Dolittle. And I remember well as a little boy how I looked forward to that every night, my father sitting down and reading another chapter from Doctor Dolittle. Finally I’m going to go home tonight and read another chapter from Doctor Dolittle to my daughter.
ZIMMERN: We’re doing the same with Winnie-the-Pooh.
BOURDAIN: It is a saccharine sentiment. A while back I read my daughter Winnie‑the‑Pooh, and it had been a long time since I had read the book.
ZIMMERN: What a great f***ing book, right? Brilliant.
BOURDAIN: And I reached the end, where Christopher Robin is dragging the stuffed Winnie up the stairs.
ZIMMERN: I was crying like a baby.
BOURDAIN: I start sobbing. I had forgotten. I had forgotten the whole structure of the story. I had forgotten the most important factor, that he’s actually a stuffed toy. The cruelty of growing up—my daughter is looking at me like, What is the matter with Daddy? He’s going to pieces in front of me. I was f***ing devastated.