Category Archives: Birth of reader

“EVERYTHING BECKONS US TO PERCEIVE IT”(RILKE). CURATING MY OWN BIENNIAL, CONTINUED.BY STEVEN BENSON

 

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(OFFICIAL)BIENNIAL.POST 7.WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE OFFICIAL BIENNIAL AND DOES IT FULFILL THEM?FOLLOWING A VISIT TO THE TATE CLAUDE PARENT AND DOMESTIC INTERIORS EXHIBITIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON

One of the overriding concepts behind the Official Biennial exhibits is: “how notions of intimacy, delinquency and inefficiency inform many contemporary art practices today”(Forward, by Sally Tarant, to the Official Biennial Book of reflective essays,”A Needle Walks into a Haystack”,2014). … Continue reading

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BIENNIAL, POST 6.MY OWN BIENNIAL(CONTINUED). CURATED BY STEVEN BENSON

 

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QUESTIONS TO PONDER ON GAY/QUEER WRITING, AND WRITING IN GENERAL.INFORMED BY ROBERT GLUCK AND NEW NARRATIVE.BY STEVEN BENSON

1. “how to be a theory-based writer and represent myself as a gay man”(Robert Gluck, “Long Note on New Narrative”,); questions with which I, myself, am still struggling; and the first of which could also well relate to cross/multi(therefore queer … Continue reading

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PHENOMENOLOGY: SEBALD,HUSSERL,AHMED, IAN EVERTON, BOY GEORGE /”TRADEMARK”

“Spaces are like a second skin that unfolds in the folds of the body”(Sara Ahmed,”Queer Phenomenology”, 2006, p.9) ……………………………………………………… This is interesting:…..Sebald’s protagonists are often overtly DISorientated are often emmigrants, or in exile, or Jewish, or homosexual, or Jewish AND … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”. AN EXPLORATION OF “A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 4. ESSAY 3:”WHY I GRIEVE I DO NOT KNOW: A MEMENTO OF MORIKE”. BY STEVEN BENSON

“Memento”-Sebald, as ever,concerned with exhuming the reputation and writings of these authors, those very lives and writings which often mirror his own(in style and content). A memento, a rememberance; that is, a reparation; that is, a TRACE from the past … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”; THE CLOSEST GLIMPSE WE HAVE INTO SEBALD’S SOUL ;AND HIS PRE-OCCUPATIONS.RUMINATIONS ON “A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”(TRANS. CAITLING, 2013).PART 1:TRIPP, AND INTRODUCTION TO MY EXTENDED ESSAY.BY STEVEN BENSON.

It is ironic that in a book of-ostensibly-critical essays(on five writers and ONE  painter, all very dear to Sebald), we are a afforded a closer look at Sebald’s OWN psychological/emotional/ spiritual make-up, I will argue, than in any of his prose … Continue reading

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(SOME OF!) MY PSYCHOBIBLIOGEOGRAPHY(AND A BIT OF VINYL), IN PICTURES AND CAPTIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON

Jungle of unread booksAbandoned, liminal spectral places/spaces Books from people very dear to me: my partner and my lovely mum, died 2009GMP Original Mum’s Books psychovinylgeography! Books and recordings…part of who we are/our inner landscape…

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“SUMMER IN THE {PARTLY LIMINAL} CITY”: STREAM-OF-CONSCIOUSNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON

“Summer in the city”… as the delectable Roddy Frame sung….open city….liminal city(well, this part, Bold Street and Lark lane and Stanley Street anyway; not QUITE Berlin;{ post on Berlin, the ultimate liminal city , to follow}…. Bold Street=queer street, to a … Continue reading

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THE NEW CENTRAL LIBARY LIVERPOOL.IMPRESSIONS,RAMBLINGS, AND MORE LINKS/INTRA-TEXTUALITIES.BY STEVEN BENSON

I got there.. the half new, half-renovated Liverpool Central Libary, rescued from its desuetudinous former incarnation to some slightly uncomfortable in-between land of learning and entertainment; or NO; that is aN unnecessary and un-called for binary/dialectic. That is MY libary … Continue reading

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