Thursday, May 04, 2017


Hatred of the Modern World

Berlin in Lights: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler (1918-1937), tr. Charles Kessler (New York: Grove Press, 1999), p. 397 (September 22, 1930):
Henry Clews is a not untalented sculptor. He has ornamented the innumerable pillars of his castle with grotesque human and animal faces to express his loathing of the modern world as manifested by the middle class, democracy, the herd outlook, and so on. His fanatical hatred of everything modern has not however precluded him from taking advantage of all inventions and conveniences the contemporary age has to offer: telephones in every room, splendid plumbing, and so on.

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