THE RETURN TO THE ILLUMINATED CAFE; AND EAST BERLIN. BY STEVEN BENSON

I crossed the

(Ersatz)

Berlin

Wall*, and

Returned to the

Illuminated

Café,

Another

Aspect of my

Re-claimed

Homeland.

Nothing much had

Changed:a

Cupboard moved;

But still the

Art Deco

Lights;

Glitter balls;

Teapots of

Many Colours and

Alternative teas; and the

Living

Art Gallery.

{cf https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/?s=Illuminated+cafe}

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* The “Berlin Wall” of Liverpool 17 is a wall plus spiked fence(on top) that guards the boundary between the wards of Lark Lane and Sefton Park, running at the bottom of my garden, so I cannot walk directly into Pelham Grove and thus have to walk in almost a circle, either way, to get to Lark Lane. Why this random/artificial separation? Is it intentional, even? Are we, on the “East Berlin”/Sefton Park side being kept in our place?( A mere -paranoid- flight of fancy; it is the opposite of the horrors of the DDR.).

Or, to continue this conceited conceit, Lark Lane is more East Berlin/DDR as I reductively and risibly re-envision it (because Friedrichshain today is a bohochic embourgeoismented version of the terrible reality that really WAS East Berlin), with its quirky cafes,delicatessen, craft shops, (sans the graffiti of the former East Berlin.)

{Its not quite working, the metaphor/symbol: it sinks beneath its self-grandiloquent portentousness; its loftiness is on the wrong side of parlous!-(sebaldian joke)}

This explication eats its own symbol up……

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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One Response to THE RETURN TO THE ILLUMINATED CAFE; AND EAST BERLIN. BY STEVEN BENSON

  1. decayetude says:

    Thx for that, Gill:)x

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