Category Archives: life mirrors art

WHY DO I WRITE?. FOR MERSEYSIDE LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP.JUNE 2018.FREEFLOW. BY STEVEN BENSON

QUESTIONS Status angst? (A bit; see below) Do I (linked to above; other reasons?) want to be published; in what format? Is(n’t) a blog enough?(well, one mainly defunct, in decay, “Decayetude https://decayetude.wordpress.com/ and the hopeful one more active:THIS one!) These … Continue reading

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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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THE QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE LOOSE, BAGGY MONSTER;BOOKS, MUSIC,BUILDINGS.BY STEVEN BENSON

Just bought “The Magus”(Fowles)….. I am entranced by these epic leviathans, what James called “large, loose, baggy monsters”. Episodic travails and traversals, digressive,rhizomatic, multiple (sub)plots( some need a dramatis personae, a la Tostoi!); postmodern; contrapuntal narratives; you get my drift: … Continue reading

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THE HOTEL IS RE-BORN. DOCU-FICTION(OR WHATEVER!). BY STEVEN BENSON.

You might think the following essay- connected to this-  https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/the-hotel-a-ghost-story-by-steven-benson/ is fiction; you might not…. What is fact/what is fiction?…”fake news”… blurred lines…disingenuous narratives. In the following case, it may not matter; but then it MAY, because I would like to … Continue reading

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3 INTERTWINED ROOTS. PART 3. OPEN READING/OPEN WRITING/OPEN SPACES. BY STEVEN BENSON.

With thanks to Dr. Christopher Madden for being the catalyst for this reflection.   I read (perhaps just a few lines/ a paragraph) I think: “That needs a personal construct” I write: my OWN take on what I have read; … 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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WATCHING YOUR GAY PAST IN PUBLIC VIEW. THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL’S “TALES FROM THE CITY” EXHIBITION.MY PERSONAL TAKE.BY STEVEN BENSON

What mixed feelings I have about this exhibition! Positive, first: To have this, at all, even is 2017, is still pretty ground-breaking (sadly and disgustingly), so credit to National Museums Liverpool (and for their-more artistically based-_”Coming Out” exhibition at the … 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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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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