The World Will Always Welcome Lovers

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32 Queer Networks

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The subject of my research is the private library of Gert Hekma and Mattias Duvyes—Amsterdam scholars whose collection of over seven thousand books represents forty years of scholarship on sexual liberation movements, male prostitution, the intersection between sex and crime, homosexuality in the Muslim world, sexology, intergenerational love, and the Marquis de Sade, among other related themes. I spend my afternoons in their home in the Red Light District, making my way through their trove of materials, seeking points of connection and contact, asking the library to speak with me, scribbling notes and impressions.