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THE QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE LOOSE, BAGGY MONSTER;BOOKS, MUSIC,BUILDINGS.BY STEVEN BENSON

Just bought “The Magus”(Fowles)….. I am entranced by these epic leviathans, what James called “large, loose, baggy monsters”. Episodic travails and traversals, digressive,rhizomatic, multiple (sub)plots( some need a dramatis personae, a la Tostoi!); postmodern; contrapuntal narratives; you get my drift: … Continue reading

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WALTZ/WALDTEUFEL. BY STEVEN BENSON

Sad Poignant Strains…. It yearns It longs For a World Long-Gone; Of once Elegant Ballrooms(then); NOW: deserted, rodent-infested, SHELLS of the dead grand edifices: on piers, in old hotels….so that Emil’s Elegy Winds Sinuously- Sadly Through the Debris, As the … 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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FABULOUS, EXHIBITIONISTIC, CAMP, BEAUTIFUL PIANO WRITING.TRANSCENDENTAL VIRTUOSITY.CARL CZERNY AND THE SPECTRE OF FELICJA BLUMENT(H)AL. BY STEVEN BENSON.

I have a big collection of Vox Turnabout 70s LPs, with their flamboyant, camp covers, the beautiful detritus of teenage record collecting, especially of late Classical/Romantic era Piano Concerti. But it was not just the indefatigable yet genuinely great warhorse … Continue reading

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MY GAY/QUEER AESTHETIC: A PHOTO/TEXT CONSTELLATION:PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY.PART 1: THE LIVING ROOM LIVES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Queer(reclaimed) = Camp Kitsch (merely) NAFF(“Normal as fuck”) Quirky/idiosyncratic Silly but nice Bright colours Re-appropriating stereotypes/”stereotypes” pomo self referential objets d’art:eg Vox Turnabout 70s LP cover art historical/antique (camp) homage to Susan Sontag, author of the “Notes on Camp” essay,before … Continue reading

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A (BENJAMINESQUE) PHOTO-ASSEMBLAGE/CONSTELLATION OF SPECTRAL PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY. MY OWN PARISIAN ARCADE, AND A REMEMBERANCE OF WILLIAM BARRINGTON-COUPE. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“{He} salvages from the oblivion of forgetting as invaluable collectors’ items”(Chisholm, “Queer Constellations”. p.166, 2005,on Edmund White’s “the Flaneur”) Tutankhamen syndrome? Shoring up fragments of the past against my/their ruin? Some vague attempt to redeem/”redeem” the past(what does this even … Continue reading

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