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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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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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BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … Continue reading

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CREATING MY OWN SPRING.PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY IN ACTION! BY STEVEN BENSON.

As winter edges towards spring,I inhabit a liminal place/space, a queer(quirky, self-created, counter-hegemonic) SAFE space, an oasis; today, it is in Blackwell’s impoverished, slowly declining (but, temporarily, re-invented) new little University bookshop. Amidst. and athwart, the quotidian distress and fear of … Continue reading

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POST 5:MY OWN BIENNIAL!BY STEVEN BENSON

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THIS IS MY HOME; A SUMMER EVENING IN LARK LANE.BY STEVEN BENSON

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QUIRKY,VARIEGATED ART CAPTURES IN LARK LANE CAFE.BY STEVEN BENSON

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QUEER LIVERPOOL(NOW):A REFLECTION ON HOULBROOK:”QUEER LONDON”; AND IN ANTICIPATION OF HIS FORTHCOMING TALK ON THE BOOK AND THE ACCOMPANYING CRITICAL DISCUSSION. BY STEVEN BENSON

Inspired by this quotation from Matt Houlbrouk:”Queer London”(2005);”…a complex spatial poetics…”(p.46). Reading a gay male history book, wonderfully detailed and alive, about the way in which gay men configured, re-configured and negotiated their vexed, but sometimes joyous, communitarian ways through … 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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FIRST PRINCIPLES:WHAT IS GAY; AND WHAT IS A GAY/QUEER FAMILY?. BY STEVEN BENSON

Gay is NOT just about an identity built solely around(same ) sex sexual activity(as early, pre-AIDS gay liberationists propounded for very understandable anti-oppressive purposes/identities; and as homophobes/heterosexists would have us believe we can be reduced to:just what we do in … Continue reading

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