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“WHO AM I TO WRITE ‘US’?”.”HOMO-HISTORIAN”. REFLECTIONS ON “SOHO”(SCOTT):LOOSE BAGGY, QUEER MONSTROUSNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON

Quotations(above) from Richard Scott:”My Soho” in his new collection of poems “Soho”, 2018) Read this collection: Scott: self-styled(but insecure) “homo-historian”. I love that phrase:). He evokes-in his multi-layered, Whitmanesque (replete with long lines/enjambement) semi-poetry/semi-prose- the aporia of a gay man … Continue reading

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META POST:WHAT I WANT FROM WRITING IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Why/for whom (but myself) do I write?  If it were JUST to be for myself, I would write in a private notebook; not on a public blog(however sparsely read!)……… This thought has been brought to a head, recently, by the … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT (HERMENEUTICS) AND BEYOND. (SOME OF THIS IS IRONY).BY STEVEN BENSON.

{Catalyst: “Heterosexuality” (ed Hanscombe and Humphries, GMP, 1987).} Imagine the following world: the dominant, prevalent sexual orientation was lesbian, gay and bisexual NON lgb people had to occlude their orientation because it was illegal/discriminated against/socially frowned upon. Straight people had to … Continue reading

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GAY/QUEER HERMENEUTICS. BARRIERS AND TRANSFORMATIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“hermeneutics are a branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation{eg of texts}” “hermeneutics are a method or theory of interpretation” STRAY THOUGHTS A VERY vexed field, SOLELY because societal homophobia/heterosexism/heteronormativity has MADE it so. Reflects each lgbtq person’s (self) positionality … Continue reading

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ARCHIVING(CONTINUED); RADICAL RANDOMNESS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

When Chris and I archived for the second time, I had the (random) idea to  pick out, randomly- and hopefully serendipitously and pertinently- groups of 5 “naughty” (please read for that: thinking outside the hegemonic/heteronormative box) books, especially books that … Continue reading

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ARCHIVAL PEREGRINATIONS:META AND TANGENTS.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Thanks to Chris Madden, my archivist-in-chief, for catalysing these random musings:) {this is a list} An archive(?),a catalogue(?) a list(?), a marginalia-ised/personalised list(?). A gay man’s (personal) gay/queer book archive or alternative nomenclatures above. Other approximate synonyms: assemblage, constellations (books circling … Continue reading

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QUEEROGRAPHY.PART 3. EXPANDED GAY/QUEER BOOK ARCHIVE OF STEVEN BENSON. THIS TIME, RANDOM INCLUSION OF ALL BOOKS. ARCHIVIST:CHRIS MADDEN

QUEEROGRAPHY     Ackroyd, Peter, Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day (London: Chatto and Windus, 2017). Blackwell’s little Emporium, LGBT Pride stand for Liverpool Pride 2017 🙂   Adair, Gilbert, The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann’s … Continue reading

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THE PURPOSES OF A GAY/LGBT/QUEER ARCHIVE AND THE RECORDING THEREOF. BY STEVEN BENSON

1.Avoiding the double annihilation of gay/lgbt/queer invisibilisation over the centuries by allowing records to wage war on time, in a stab against mortality: written/listed in the internet ether. 2.To battle against the vagaries of the fickle and self-devouring marketplace, which, … Continue reading

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RE-VIVIFYING THE GAY MALE CORPUS OF WRITING/LITERATURE.FIRST STAGE/POST OF AN EMBRYO, LONG PROJECT:ITEMISATION, WITH MARGINALIA, OF MY GAY/LGBT/QUEER LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE. CAVEAT: THIS PROJECT MAY TAKE SOME TIME! 1 .GAY MENS PRESS, AKA GMP(ORIGINAL IMPRINT AND MILLIVRES’ LATER IMPRINT),INCUDING CLASSICS SERIES AND DERIVATIVE IMPRINTS. BY STEVEN BENSON AND CHRIS MADDEN

Here we go! A dear friend and I are collaborating on our several archives/collections of gay male/lgbt and queer theory texts. 80s+ GMP books, so important to my own identity formation, seem a good place to make a tentative start! https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/the-role-of-gay-mens-fiction-in-identity-formation-of-a-gay-man-by-steven-benson/Continue reading

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“SPEAK MY LANGUAGE”(ED.HOJER,2015):A COMPILATION OF GAY MENS’ SHORT STORIES.REVIEW.PART 1.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Stephen Fry, in his introduction to this large volume, writes:”…gay stories offer us vindication, fellowship, validation and a sense of shared identity that we need now as much as ever” { see also my previous piece for the Blackwells Book … Continue reading

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