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BOOKSHOP STORIES. PART 3.YARBOROUGH HOUSE:A MANIC MEDITATION. BY STEVEN BENSON

There is a place called Yarborough House. It is a bookshop-cum-record-and café entity. It is in the struggling, slightly decaying town of Bishop’s Castle in the lorn lostness of Shropshire (“Clunton, Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun”). The town-if such is not … Continue reading

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THREE INTERTWINED ROOTS: 2. THE NEW CAFE. BY STEVEN BENSON

https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/three-intertwined-roots-1-a-gay-mans-city-spatial-manifesto-by-steven-benson/ It beckoned…it (temporarily, anyway, cos I went there afterwards, in the end!:P)SUBVERTED my wish to go to THE Bookshop Café {https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/bookhopssafe-spaces-queergay-library-by-steven-benson/ and https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/bookshop-stories-part-2-re-invention-a-meditation-by-steven-benson/ }; it almost ruined my ritual pilgrimage! Sadly, it promised more than it delivered (is not … Continue reading

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HOTEL:WHAT IS IT? A FREE EXTEMPORIZATION. BY STEVEN BENSON.

CATALYST: WAYNE KOESTENBAUM: HOTEL THEORY(2007) Hotel liminal Hotel du Lac Hotel de la Spinster Hotel Brookner. Anita Brookner’s protagonists LIVE in hotels; women (occasionally men) of “private means”, they can afford to, economically that is. Psychologically, they inhabit the inner (psychogeographically … Continue reading

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HAPPINESS.THE OTHER BOOKSHOP:TANGENTS AND EXPLORATIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

It is Sunday time; it is liminal time. The man in the coffee-tasting emporium ( a rather-aporically-pleasant bastion of {bourgeois}capitalism):- he liked Kafka:) He REALLY liked Kakka; he really did. A serendipity, on the ramparts of the bastion. He was … Continue reading

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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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