A letter from Court / Ages

A letter from Court / Ages

When I receive a letter from the court, I respond to it the same day and mail the letter the same day as well. This is not a strategy towards the court but a strategy for my own energy. If I don’t respond the same day, I know that I will lie awake at night worrying about that letter. I don’t want to lose that energy, so I respond instantly. This method works perfectly because worrying then becomes completely pointless.

I was faced with a choice: I could have chosen to have a whole new judge assigned to the case because I did not give permission for the secret material provided by the Letterenfonds to be included in the case. That’s quite a bizarre situation, after all, I don’t even know what I’m giving permission for, permission to read secret documents! Nonetheless, I chose to give that permission. It seemed to me a waste of time to start everything over again, and I think the courts are busy enough already.

Then to a new letter from Gala de Lucia:

Another song from my good friend Luz. You know, it often seems as if we are working in a sort of solitary confinement in the world of art and music. People never give each other space; it’s always me, me, me. I plan to be a bit different, so I give my sister a voice on this channel.

I like to talk about what makes something poetry. In this case, it’s how effectively this text summarizes life. When we are 20, most of us just want to die, if we are honest. Well, maybe not everyone, but the people who have feelings for the world.

Then, at the age of 40, my God, we wish we were still alive. All that stress from the modern world under which we are buried. Kids, work, bills, responsibilities. Where did our life go?

Then, when we are 60, we wish we were alive or dead; it doesn’t matter, as long as something happens.

This is an ironic song; it’s good because it’s so concise.

When I was 20, I said every day
Oh, oh, I wish I were dead

When I was 40, I cried every day
Oh, oh, I wish I were still alive

Times, times, times, times

Now that I have finally reached 65
I whisper daily I wish, oh,
I wish I were one of the two things
Alive or dead

Times, times, times, times

I love the word “Epocas” because it has “pocas” in it, which means little, and so we see that everything is very relative and small; our lives go by in a flash, so it’s very important what we do with our choices.

Our choices, in my opinion, are the real gold we possess. Don’t you agree? It’s the only thing we really have in this life, our choices.

Even if we cannot choose our age.

Gala de Lucia

The poem in question is from the Book of Dead Owls.

I have finished the translation of The Dream of the Piranha in the Lemonade Stream. Now on to my other book, The Eternal Freshman. I’m already halfway through, so this year I will have my three philosophical books available in English (Amanita Muscaria – the Book of the Empress was originally written in English).

Wishing everyone a warm and pleasant day!


About the author

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. Critics such as Komrij and Gerbrandy have hailed him as one of the greatest talents of his time. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English and focuses on the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international platform of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.


There exists a considerable group of leftist individuals who vigorously opposed the prevailing coronavirus narrative, including some of the world’s leading philosophers, such as Agamben and Kacem. However, this stance was heavily censored and vilified by what is referred to as ‘neocon-left’ or ‘woke-left’, as something associated solely with what they deem ‘far-right’. In my book, I discuss the reasons behind these actions, the underlying motives, and how this is emblematic of a new form of fascism aimed at seizing power permanently.

The middle section of the book is dedicated to poetry. It features a beautiful selection of poems from the Mediterranean region, by poets from Turkey and Greece, who have been imprisoned and tortured by the regime.

The final part of my book is a manifesto against literary nihilism, as manifested in the Literature Fund. It reveals how this fund is dominated by a group of Christians and ‘wokies’, which is undesirable in a free society.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress is an exceptional work that sets a new benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one might be tempted to classify the book within the domain of Art History, such a categorization would fail to capture its true essence. 

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

You don’t have time to read this, but that’s because you are no longer human. If anything remained of the original person within you, the old mycelia of childhood, you would learn a great deal from this book. In fact, its magical knowledge might become your most valuable possession. This is a book about human imagination and how it fell into the iron grip of transdimensional cockroaches. Additionally, it offers magical tips to significantly improve your life and time acceleration. M.H.H. Benders also takes a light-hearted yet scathing look at the entirety of Dutch literature. What more could you want?