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WATCHING YOUR GAY PAST IN PUBLIC VIEW. THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL’S “TALES FROM THE CITY” EXHIBITION.MY PERSONAL TAKE.BY STEVEN BENSON

What mixed feelings I have about this exhibition! Positive, first: To have this, at all, even is 2017, is still pretty ground-breaking (sadly and disgustingly), so credit to National Museums Liverpool (and for their-more artistically based-_”Coming Out” exhibition at the … Continue reading

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CORNWALL RAMBLINGS.1.NOW..AND THEN… AND THEN….MY ROSE GARDEN OF THE IMAGINARY.BY STEVEN BENSON

NEAR THE SHORE, I SHORE UP THESE FRAGMENTS We came here, then, in 2000: I was emaciated and could not eat properly. Today, I am in (somewhat) more stable health; and weigh 2 and a half stone more . Today, … Continue reading

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ARCHIVING(CONTINUED); RADICAL RANDOMNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

When Chris and I archived for the second time, I had the (random) idea to  pick out, randomly- and hopefully serendipitously and pertinently- groups of 5 “naughty” (please read for that: thinking outside the hegemonic/heteronormative box) books, especially books that … Continue reading

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NOW AND THEN;FREEDOM AND MEMORIES.BY STEVEN BENSON.

I sat outside the Bookshop,as I had sat in “The Cabin” café (and, frequently, visited Ystwyth Books, Aberystwyth, looking for book nougats,THEN,as I do NOW). Now is 2017; then is 1978. Liverpool now; “Aber” (as affectionately known by present and … Continue reading

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ARCHIVAL PEREGRINATIONS:META AND TANGENTS.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Thanks to Chris Madden, my archivist-in-chief, for catalysing these random musings:) {this is a list} An archive(?),a catalogue(?) a list(?), a marginalia-ised/personalised list(?). A gay man’s (personal) gay/queer book archive or alternative nomenclatures above. Other approximate synonyms: assemblage, constellations (books circling … Continue reading

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QUEEROGRAPHY.PART 3. EXPANDED GAY/QUEER BOOK ARCHIVE OF STEVEN BENSON. THIS TIME, RANDOM INCLUSION OF ALL BOOKS. ARCHIVIST:CHRIS MADDEN

QUEEROGRAPHY     Ackroyd, Peter, Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day (London: Chatto and Windus, 2017). Blackwell’s little Emporium, LGBT Pride stand for Liverpool Pride 2017 🙂   Adair, Gilbert, The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann’s … Continue reading

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GAY/LGBT/QUEER ARCHIVE. PART 2. “MAY 1988”. “OUT IN ART”(GMP, 1986).BY STEVEN BENSON.

Some(gay male)homo-erotic art here! I shall just curate it and (mainly!)let it speak for itself ChristopherBrown Chris Corr; gay man reading “A Single Man”(Isherwood), to re-affirm his identity/sense of self; me in 1985? ChrisCorr again;steamy:P Chris Corrs still: that’s me … Continue reading

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THE PURPOSES OF A GAY/LGBT/QUEER ARCHIVE AND THE RECORDING THEREOF. BY STEVEN BENSON

1.Avoiding the double annihilation of gay/lgbt/queer invisibilisation over the centuries by allowing records to wage war on time, in a stab against mortality: written/listed in the internet ether. 2.To battle against the vagaries of the fickle and self-devouring marketplace, which, … Continue reading

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RE-VIVIFYING THE GAY MALE CORPUS OF WRITING/LITERATURE.FIRST STAGE/POST OF AN EMBRYO, LONG PROJECT:ITEMISATION, WITH MARGINALIA, OF MY GAY/LGBT/QUEER LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE. CAVEAT: THIS PROJECT MAY TAKE SOME TIME! 1 .GAY MENS PRESS, AKA GMP(ORIGINAL IMPRINT AND MILLIVRES’ LATER IMPRINT),INCUDING CLASSICS SERIES AND DERIVATIVE IMPRINTS. BY STEVEN BENSON AND CHRIS MADDEN

Here we go! A dear friend and I are collaborating on our several archives/collections of gay male/lgbt and queer theory texts. 80s+ GMP books, so important to my own identity formation, seem a good place to make a tentative start! https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/the-role-of-gay-mens-fiction-in-identity-formation-of-a-gay-man-by-steven-benson/Continue reading

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IN DEFENCE OF CAMP MELANCHOLIA. BY STEVEN BENSON.

There are many tropes around the homosexual(man): the abject subject (“subject” as in subjected to/controlled/put upon; we are the Queen’s subjects), so we are perceived as (and internalise and live upto this figure) as powerless, flailing around in hopeless “stereotypes”: … Continue reading

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