Then Naples was initially a threatening chaos, the roads there look like forests, melons are sold among heathen cult symbols, stuffed cats’ heads are considered a delicacy, animal brothels an erotic specialty, and even the kitsch of the buildings, which purport to be classical in style, excessively ruptures all civilizatory security.

Theodor Wiesengrund-Adorno, in a letter to Alban Berg, 15 October 1925 (p. 20).