Empty Days

Friday, July 23, 2004



Speaking of alcoholics. I met a guy in Berlin, a sculptor, suffering from the withdrawal depression - he was trying to kick the habit. He needed somebody around all the time to distract him from wild paranoia and anxiety he was experiencing. A mere bottle of beer would calm him like the best sedative. He was afraid of beer - one bottle was never enough, once he started nothing was ever enough. I think he relapsed afterwards and became happy and his normal self again. Sometimes alcoholism is like a form of life - you better stick to it, even if you won't last as long in the end.

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He was interesting fellow - we immediately sympathized for no apparent reason. He divided people in "real" people and "fake" people. The latter were mostly intellectuals but also various highly "normal" people who, in his definition, had no inkling of reality and lived through some bookish or conformists ideas and ideals. He showed me an example - the German husband of his eldest daughter. I knew exactly what he meant. "Fake" people are not unpleasant - they're just barely human.





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