The World Will Always Welcome Lovers
Narrated audio tour of a private residence, 2017.
“High above the hordes of stupefied tourists that shuffle through the clouds of cannabis smoke on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal, there is a vast and secret library. It is the home of over seven thousand books reflecting decades of passionate scholarship and collecting by Amsterdam professors Gert Hekma and Mattias Duyves. The library's topics are as broad as they are specific: the Marquis de Sade and his legacy; sexual liberation movements; masturbation, male sex work, and the intersection between sex and crime. There are a few books on werewolves. There is a shelf devoted to child sexuality and intergenerational love. They have first edition copies of the earliest German sexology books. A section on homosexuality in the Muslim world. Every issue of BUTT magazine. Hundreds of biographies of queer historical figures.”