If only Assad had learned to stagedive

We know classical music from sitting still on a chair, enjoying complex abstract forms.
The complexity of a melody or a composition is said to be the core value of ‘civilisation’ and it is therefore completely unthinkable that a classical concert would look like this:

it is a classic in the hardcore scene though: gorilla biscuits

That is why it is all the more striking that it is precisely in this hardcore scene that the ideas of turning trees into civilians surface. If classical music makes one so civilised, why are the followers of such music almost always the same cultural elite that indulges in genocide in other areas? Should Assad have learned to stagedive?

The answer is: yes indeed. Connectedness, death, risk. Having death near. Seeking death. Overcoming fear. All that is of higher civilizational value than passively enjoying a complex structure.

This audience is also an extremely complex spin.

Complex gewriemel…met een stem voor native americans

How wonderful it is to see all this complex wriggling after that chilling ‘corona time’? And I can tell you from experience that it is extremely complex to come back from such a concert without bruises, and what you see here above is downright dangerous: it is a miracle that there were no deaths during this concert. But you come home with one feeling: goddamn, I am alive!

And that is precisely the idea. Connectedness, unity, energy. That requires a different attitude towards death. That the melodies are simple is certainly true. The complexity of these concerts is different.

That this complexity is inferior – the point of view of some people – I would rather turn it around: it is precisely stagediving that should be a standard part of the curriculum in schools. If only we had leaders who knew how to stagedive.

And yes, I can really enjoy Rachmaninov from time to time. But I can enjoy less the apes who think that their concoctions are vastly superior to those of nature, in every respect. That superiority complex is the most annoying contraction that nature is capable of – that is true enough.

Mountains, giants and mushrooms – in this fairytale-like collection, magic whirls and swirls, yet another reality breaks through as well – the whole world turned into The Shining, and the pilgrimage to Szymborska’s grave, a simple stone in Krakow, fails at the last minute; a journey without check marks across sixteen national borders to his daughter, however, succeeds. In its combination of fairy-tale nature, historical background and eerily topical reality, this collection of poems is Benders’ best since he lost count.


You have no time to read this, but that is because you are no longer human. If something of the original person were still alive in you, the old mycelia of childhood, then you would learn a lot from this book, indeed, with its magical knowledge, it might become your most useful possession. A book about the human imagination, and how it managed to get into the iron grip of trans-dimensional cockroaches. Furthermore, there are also magical tips to substantially improve your life and your time acceleration, and M.H.H. Benders also makes light-hearted mincemeat of the entire Dutch literature, what more could you want!

If you don’t want to crawl around mars like a cyber insect under a scrubbed boot – which is on the agenda – then you’d do well to read this book.

The first collected work of Martinus Hendrikus Hogervorst-Benders comprises no fewer than 712 pages and weighs in at least 1.4 kilos in thin print. It is the most ambitious collection written in the last thirty years, and certainly one of the highlights of Dutch literature as a whole, in line with Snoek and van de Woestijne. Anyone with a heart for literature and who wants to read an ambitious book brimming with cast-iron poems instead of yet another typical Dutch-language ‘masterpiece’ will be delighted with the purchase of this brick.

The Microdose Bible is the worlds most comprehensive and complete oversight of mind altering substances, teacher plants and mushrooms. Dutch mycologist and philosopher M.H.H.Benders takes you on a magical journey full of wonder about what teachers nature has to offer. Includes the Psychosupersum, a guide that describes all known mental disorders and offers wisdom for their treatment. 

This book will be published end of 2022.