My hometown is a hole. A hole, an opening, a crevice, a cavity. You see, in olden days, there were castles and moats around them. My hometown is a moat without a castle to encircle. A drilled canal of still standing waters protecting our most cherished secret – that there is no secret to guard. Where there’s a hole, there must be something to be inserted. We looked and looked until we found it. Endless supplies of goods coming in. Flows of plants and foods that the metabolism of our city digested into generational wealth. Oh, how I love you, my Amsterdam, my city with open pores and ports, my city that doesn’t exist anywhere outside its ships and planes and cars and trains, that is always in motion possible only because it is hollow. Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb! Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs! Moloch whose factories dream and croak in the fog! Moloch whose smoke-stacks and antennae crown the cities! Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen!
And yet, the flames… How many times, by God, have I not longed to be able to assail the sun, snatch it out of the universe, make it general darkness, or use that star to burn the world? Oh, I would wish that my aberrations lead me like the lowest of creatures to the fate which befits their wantonness: for me the scaffold would be a throne of exquisite bliss! Flames, flames, flames…
The definite embargo. The embargo to end all embargos. The closure of all roads, the blockade of all transitions. Stop printing machines at once! Turn away from your lover! What a spectacle… And there he is. After the last bank has admitted it’s broke, and after the last government has resigned, and after the last container ship has sailed to its harbour only to turn out to have arrived completely empty handed, we hear the voice of the last narrator of our very own armageddon, our dear storyteller who we call affectionately Johannes of Patmos with the vocal range of a castrato, whose cold, reporterlike, matter-of-fact crowings stand in horrible contrast to the contents of his catastrophic message. There he is presenting our doom. „In pain you shall bring forth monthly mortgages, upon your belly you shall go turning poorer than your parents and grandparents. Cursed is the ground you will never afford, in toil you shall earn your pitiful wages. By the sweat of your face you shall eat your bread until your return to the circulation of capital, for out of it you were taken. You are a commodity and to commodity you shall return”.
– written by Aleksander Kmak –
Book of Genesis 3: 14–19
Gilles Deleuze, Coldness and Cruelty
Allen Ginsberg, The Howl
Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus