Two Lights Lost

This week has been a harsh and shocking reminder about the dangers of depression. In the space of a few days, we lost to suicide two cultural icons who both symbolized success in their own unique ways- fashion icon Kate Spade and the chef, author, traveler, TV show host, and master storyteller Anthony Bourdain.


Kate Spade symbolized modern female success, both professionally and personally. Her bright, whimsical, and feminine creations began the paradoxical yet wildly successful idea of “accessible luxury.” For many of us who love fashion, her handbags and wallets were a symbol of entering adulthood.

Her fellow New Yorker Anthony Bourdain ripped off our blinders and exposed the human condition through food, travel, writing, and storytelling. In reality you might be eating a frozen microwave dinner alone in your apartment, but with his shows you could travel the world and feel more connected. Viewers of the show felt like they knew him, and like they were tagging along on all of his journeys. He brought the world together, at a time when we’ve never been more divided.

The Build Series Presents Anthony Bourdain Discussing The Online Film Series "Raw Craft"

To use his own words, “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” He was also a strong advocate for Latinos in the food industry, and visited the Texas/Mexico border for one of his shows.

You never really know what is going on in someone else’s mind. An outward appearance of success, vitality, and cheeriness could have no correlation to what someone is feeling and experiencing on the inside. It is a shock and a reminder to us all to be kind to our neighbors, and treat everyone with respect and understanding.

A report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control shows a sharply increased rate of suicide in the United States for the past few decades, and also explains the contributing factors. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

The McAllen Public Library can also be a resource for more information and for social contact. Social isolation is a contributing factor to depression. We offer a wide variety of free public programs every month at the library, or you can also just visit us to relax, browse the shelves, and enjoy a book and cup of coffee around other people.

You can learn more about depression with these books in the library’s collection:

One thought on “Two Lights Lost

  1. Another excellent post. I’m always amazed at how this library is not afraid to tackle the tough issues and open up a much-needed dialogue. Thanks.

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