If That’s Not Love, What Is?

The NY Times has an article on Mr. & Mrs. Zuckberg titled Facebook’s Royal Wedding (subtitled Who is Priscilla Chan).  A little bit gossipy, to be certain, but also a bit illuminating.  See this bit:

When Ms. Chan reunited with her old beau in Silicon Valley in 2007, having been hired as a fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at the Harker School, a private school in San Jose, she negotiated the terms of their getting back together, including the possibility of marriage, said a person who knows Ms. Chan. Mr. Zuckerberg was reluctant, said the person, contending that his youthful image was an asset to the company.

The couple agreed that they would not live together, but that Mr. Zuckerberg would spend at least 100 minutes of private time with Ms. Chan a week as well as take her on at least one date, according to “The Facebook Effect.” Indeed, Mr. Kirkpatrick reported that Mr. Zuckerberg once left a News Corp. corporate retreat, where he was a guest, explaining to the company’s chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, that he was taking Ms. Chan to a movie. The couple also agreed to vacation for two weeks yearly overseas and have since visited Dubai, Mumbai and China.

Now, some might call this “100 minutes a week” coldly calculated.  I don’t think that’s what it is.  I think that’s both people being very much in love and willing to meet halfway.

If all of this seems a bit touchy-feely of me, well, it’s a distraction from other things going on in my life that are not blog-able.

Unrelated but I also wanted to comment – fans of the group Yes are probably aware that in 2008, lead singer Jon Anderson was ill and was replaced by a Jon Anderson sound-alike, who was himself subsequently replaced by the lead singer of a Yes tribute band. Now that Anderson has somewhat recovered, he wants to rejoin the group that he co-founded more than 40 years ago.  Bassist Chris Squire is quoted in Rolling Stone as saying, “We cancelled a whole tour in 2008 when his respiratory problems came back. Touring is a tough business. One of the main reasons we aren’t working with him now is that he’s only able to do a certain amount of shows a week. It would limit our ability to move and make money, really.”

Really, it would limit their ability to make money.  How much money do you need to make?  Aren’t you rich enough already?  Doesn’t 40 years count for anything?  Apparently not. I think Jon Anderson has it exactly right when he says, in the same article, “”People get into that place where they don’t care about people. To them, it’s just business.”

I saw Yes live at least twice back in the 70s.  Once was the world premiere of Close to the Edge at an outdoor concert in London in 1972 (also on the bill that day were Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gary Wright, Lindesfarne).  I’ve run hot and cold on them over the years but in the past year have found myself playing The Yes Album, Fragile and Close to the Edge quite regularly.  I have no interest in any band called “Yes” that doesn’t feature Jon Anderson on vocals.  Anything else just smacks of greed to me.

Last thing for today.  This week’s issue of the New Yorker Magazine is devoted to science fiction.  Among the bits there (fiction by Jonathan Lethem, essays by William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. LeGuin and others) is an extended piece that Anthony Burgess wrote back in 1973 regarding A Clockwork Orange.  And there’s this quote in it:

We probably have no duty to like Beethoven or hate Coca-Cola, but it is at least conceivable that we have a duty to distrust the state.

While it may make more sense within the context of the essay, it certainly holds up well enough on its own.  I may add it to the series of quotes on the right side of this page.