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From Albert Speer to David Lynch: The strange lineage of Teufelsberg

Going through old material to publish online, I happened upon the piece that I wrote to accompany Julia's article for They Did magazine. It describes the history of Teufelsberg ("Devil's Mountain"), a man-made mountain west of Berlin that later became a key NSA radar station in the cold war.

Unearthing this piece reminded me of the addendum that I've intended to write since the end of last year. In November, the David Lynch "Invincible Germany" story spread wildly around the web, implicating him alongside a Transcedental Meditation guru whose rhetoric rung a little too close to that of National Socialism. There's even the obligatory YouTube video of the lecture, and a later response from Lynch himself.

However, what really captured my attention was the fact that Lynch has purchased Teufelsberg as the site for a future cathedral to Transcendental Meditation - an "invincible university" atop Devil's Mountain, and the latest in a series of its radical reinventions. As Time observe, Lynchian indeed.