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CORNWALL RAMBLINGS(PART 3):ENTRAPMENT AND FREEDOM. BY STEVEN BENSON.

Yes, I remember Liskeard, The land of lost content, For, on an October day, The branch train Terminated there Wontedly. Bad hommages (or postmodern collages?:P) aside:-it is, again, a day of porous time boundaries: 2005/2006??. Somewhere around then… THEN… and … Continue reading

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CORNWALL RAMBLINGS(PART 2): GAY IN ST.IVES(?). BY STEVEN BENSON

I wouldn’t like to be gay/trans/bi/queer and live-permanently- in St.Ives. It was alienating and lonely enough being there for a week. “you are gay gay gay {etc}{blah blah blah}{YAWN}”; “you are TOO{sic} gay}{bigger yawn}”. WHATEVS…. Ha Ha: BUT, HE mentioned … Continue reading

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GAY/QUEER HERMENEUTICS. BARRIERS AND TRANSFORMATIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“hermeneutics are a branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation{eg of texts}” “hermeneutics are a method or theory of interpretation” STRAY THOUGHTS A VERY vexed field, SOLELY because societal homophobia/heterosexism/heteronormativity has MADE it so. Reflects each lgbtq person’s (self) positionality … 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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THE LGBT DIASPORA.BY STEVEN BENSON

Diaspora-“the dispersion of any group of people from their original homeland” _____________________________________________________________________ AS lgbt people, QUA us being lgbt people, we ARE dispersed, we are scattered;especially internally/psychologically/emotionally scattered. In our entities and selfhoods, embracing(but NOT confined to) our sexual orientation and/or … 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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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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AESTHETICA MELANCHOLIA. CAPTURES, LEADING TOWARDS A DEFINITION AND CONSTELLATION. BY STEVEN BENSON

Liverpool Street station, from “Austerlitz”(Sebald) the slow demise:Liverpool Central High Level station, early 1970s. I took this, as a teenager. In shadow, as ever:Barrington-Coupe’s own special creation,Joyce Hatto. These captures speak for themselves; or, perhaps, need a bit of help in … Continue reading

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“SPEAK MY LANGUAGE”(ED.HOJER,2015):A COMPILATION OF GAY MENS’ SHORT STORIES.REVIEW.PART 1.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Stephen Fry, in his introduction to this large volume, writes:”…gay stories offer us vindication, fellowship, validation and a sense of shared identity that we need now as much as ever” { see also my previous piece for the Blackwells Book … Continue reading

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