Bourdain’s Field Notes

Maybe you know him. I hope you know him. He’s from such excellent shows like United Shades of America. He’s W. Kamau Bell: host, writer, and comedian. I bumped into him in the CNN steam room recently, fondling his Emmy, and I asked him, “Kamau, if you could go anywhere on earth for a mashup episode of my show and yours, where would that be?”

He said, “Kenya.”

I will admit to a weird, frankly unlovely sense of been here, done that. It’s not a good look for me, I know, but there’s a mischievous curiosity tucked away in some poisonous part of my brain that’s dying to see how Kamau handles the heat, the spice, the crowds, the overwhelming rush of a whole new world, because that’s what [Kenya] is the first time. This ain’t Berkeley.

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