Wait And See

In einer deutschen Tageszeitung von heute heißt es in einem Interview mit Jarett Kobek, Autor von «I Hate the Internet» (2016) – über das Phänomen Zuckerberg / Facebook: «Ich glaube, er glaubt, was er sagt – auch wenn es eigentlich unglaublich zynisch ist. Ich muss bei Zuckerberg immer daran denken, was man über Alkoholiker sagt: Wenn sie zum Trinker werden, bricht ihr emotionaler Reifeprozess ab. Wird man mit zwanzig zum Säufer, denkt man nach dreißig Jahren Suff immer noch wie ein Zwanzigjähriger. Ich stelle mir vor, dass es bei Zuckerberg ähnlich war. Er ist so jung reich und berühmt geworden, dass es seine weitere emotionale Entwicklung verhindert hat.»

In diesem Sinne lässt sich Bukowski durchaus mit dem jungen Mann von heute vergleichen. Man muss allerdings einschränkend sagen, dass Charles bis heute liebenswert und harmlos geblieben ist – etwas, das man von Mark nicht sagen kann … (English version below)

Zuckerberg–Graffito on a wall at the new Facebook–Headquarter in Menlo Park, California

In a todays German newspaper – in an interview with Jarett Kobek, author of «I hate the Internet» (2016) – we read about the Zuckerberg / Facebook phenomenon: «I think he believes what he says – even if it’s unbelievably cynical. What concerns Zuckerberg, I always think of what is said about alcoholics: When they become drunkards, their emotional maturation process stops. If you become a drunkard at the age of twenty, you still think like a twenty–year–old after thirty years of booze. I imagine that it is similar in the case of Zuckerberg. He became so rich and famous at such a young age – that it prevented his further emotional development.»

In this sense, Bukowski can be compared to this young man of today. However, one has to say restrictively that Charles has remained lovable and harmless until today – something that can not be said of Mark …

Time will tell … and all we can do is «Drink and Wait» …


«Drink and Wait» Poem by Charles Bukowski: First draft 1980, Nov. 29th. – Final version 1980, Dec. 3rd. Appeared posthumously 2002 in «Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way».

Drink And Wait

well, now Mae West died
and then George Raft,
and Eddie G. Robinson’s
been gone
a long time,
and Bogart and Gable
and Grable,
and Laurel and
Hardy
and the Marx Brothers,
all those Saturday afternoons
as a boy are gone
and I look around this room
and it looks at me
through
the window panes,
it hangs
from the doorknob,
and a gold
paperweight
of an owl
looks at me
who has had
too many
Saturday
afternoons.


 

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