“According to the [Club Commission’s] report, Berlin’s clubbing industry employs around 8,000 people — roughly the same number working for Deutsche Telekom or Deutsche Post in the city.”—Tobias Rapp, “Berlin, Techno and the Easyjet Set”
“Christian Metz was born in Béziers in 1931 and died in Paris in 1933.”—A significant typo in a Routledge book about cinema. The next sentence, disappointingly, doesn’t say: “at the age of six months, Metz penned The Imaginary Signifier, his most famous work, before dying in obscurity shortly before his second birthday.”
“Synth-pop envisioned a music beyond domestic or religious architecture. Weirdoes, non-musicians, and artists, pushing the artifice and innovation, imagined sounds of rooms they’d want to be in. Praise be the utterly artificial and its new sci-fi priests, the synth-pop duo, a perfectly modern reduction of musical labor: one engineer and one singer, the embodiments of science and expression. They made a genre of hyper-kitsch pop structures and presets and in the time left over crafted performances that mimicked the cold closeness of no-decay stabs or the eerie cloud of endless, sustaining pads.”—Faking It in Space: Musings on the Melodious Confluence of Computers and Humanity | Flaunt Magazine
“The unheimliche Heimat in the context of Ostalgie is uncanny, unknown and essentially unknowable, because it both is and isn’t, was and wasn’t the GDR. This is because the GDR itself, as both concept and reality, was not what it claimed to be, indeed was not even, one might argue, what it was.”—Ditto.
“The GDR, for all its very many faults, still, at least in theory, had a commitment to the future in which the world would look very different to the way it does today. West Germany, on the other hand simply had a commitment to unification written into its constitution with no idea of what that state would look like, what its aspirations would be, or how it would manage transitions and crises: in short, what it could have faith in other than more and better of the same. Liberal capitalism is very good at giving people individual liberty but very bad at giving them collective faith, because it essentially rests on the belief that through your own efforts and your own individual freedom you can pull yourself up and make things better for yourself. It might best be described as the privatization of hope. Socialism, on the other hand, represents the collectivization of hope. It has no real idea how to get to where it wants to and all attempts so far have failed, but it does continue to believe that we are headed somewhere and that history does not come to an end with liberal democracy. Without economic efficiency and success, capitalism has nothing to fall back on, which is why, when there is an economic crisis, the politics of group identity emerges in various positive and negative forms. The socialist commitment to Bloch’s dreams of a better world, on the other hand, also helps to explain why, even twenty years after 1989, people generally think socialism was a good idea very badly carried out (whereas fascism tends to be seen as a very bad idea very efficiently carried out).”—Peter Thompson says in 150 words what I will tortuously expand upon in my allotted 90,000…