Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Dead

Famed playboy, Gunter Sachs has died at 78. He committed suicide rather than deal with the gradual degeneration of Alzheimer's disease.

Clearly, he lived his life fully. Because you know, he was a playboy and all that. I mention him because that seems like such an unusual designation these days. It seems as though we've become to serious as a species to entertain the idea of people that are rich and content to simply be very, very rich. Nowadays, it seems if someone isn't slapping their name on a charity dedicated to something dreadful and drear or having their picture taken with starving children, they simply don't make the cut somehow.

I don't know that I would necessarily advocate for a resurgence of the idle rich but frankly...It feels like we're missing something when we don't have a group that simply has fun. Fabulous, fabulous fun.

From the piece:

The veteran Riviera man and journalist Taki Theodoracopulos, who first met Sachs onboard the late shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos’s yacht Creole, once described Sachs to me as “a great gambler, a good skier, and bobsleigher.” I was questioning Theodoracopulos for a film I was trying to make at the time about playboys. One of the themes that emerged in our conversation was the playboy’s capacity to savor life’s pleasures in an unqualified way. Theodoracopulos explained that for these men life was purely about living for the delight of good times without distraction. That achievement became the highlight of a satisfying existence.

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