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MY WRITING STYLE AND HOW IT HAS DEVELOPED, PACE NAYSAYERS.SELF-REFLECTIVE AND META.(ONGOING).BY STEVEN BENSON.

My writing style has developed (for good or ill) IN DESPITE of a minority of others who proclaim their impatience/judgement of it. They do this for motives the nature of which I am unclear. Either: they just do not understand my … Continue reading

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THE TANGLED SKEIN OF MEMORY. MY LIFE AND “DAVID COPPERFIELD”. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind…”(“David Copperfield”) Memory is fleeting glimpses of the past(in picture form); memory is, also, elongated and long travails through the past. Dickens deals with both, in “David Copperfield”. Proust … Continue reading

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“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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