Category Archives: parlous loftiness

IN DEFENCE OF CAMP MELANCHOLIA. BY STEVEN BENSON.

There are many tropes around the homosexual(man): the abject subject (“subject” as in subjected to/controlled/put upon; we are the Queen’s subjects), so we are perceived as (and internalise and live upto this figure) as powerless, flailing around in hopeless “stereotypes”: … Continue reading

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AESTHETICA MELANCHOLIA. CAPTURES, LEADING TOWARDS A DEFINITION AND CONSTELLATION. BY STEVEN BENSON

Liverpool Street station, from “Austerlitz”(Sebald) the slow demise:Liverpool Central High Level station, early 1970s. I took this, as a teenager. In shadow, as ever:Barrington-Coupe’s own special creation,Joyce Hatto. These captures speak for themselves; or, perhaps, need a bit of help in … Continue reading

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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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FABULOUS, EXHIBITIONISTIC, CAMP, BEAUTIFUL PIANO WRITING.TRANSCENDENTAL VIRTUOSITY.CARL CZERNY AND THE SPECTRE OF FELICJA BLUMENT(H)AL. BY STEVEN BENSON.

I have a big collection of Vox Turnabout 70s LPs, with their flamboyant, camp covers, the beautiful detritus of teenage record collecting, especially of late Classical/Romantic era Piano Concerti. But it was not just the indefatigable yet genuinely great warhorse … Continue reading

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MY GAY/QUEER AESTHETIC: A PHOTO/TEXT CONSTELLATION:PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY.PART 1: THE LIVING ROOM LIVES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Queer(reclaimed) = Camp Kitsch (merely) NAFF(“Normal as fuck”) Quirky/idiosyncratic Silly but nice Bright colours Re-appropriating stereotypes/”stereotypes” pomo self referential objets d’art:eg Vox Turnabout 70s LP cover art historical/antique (camp) homage to Susan Sontag, author of the “Notes on Camp” essay,before … Continue reading

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THE ELEPHANT.WRITING EXERCISE(MULTI-GENRE)WORDCOUNT.BY STEVEN BENSON. FOR LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP, MERSEYSIDE

The poor elephant, LUMBERED with all the baggage of metaphorical, allegorical, symbolic resonances, as we negotiate its colossal labarynth of meanings and figurative extensions of meanings. He just wants to get on with his life but is encumbered with conceits … Continue reading

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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”:EXPLORATION OF SEBALD’S SELF-REVELATION AND HIS RECURRING THEMES IN”A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 2 :”A COMET IN THE HEAVENS:A PIECE FOR AN ALMANAC IN HONOUR OF JOHANN PETER HEBEL”.BY STEVEN BENSON

Early in this first essay, Sebald writes:”…all this even today constitutes for me a system in which, as once in my childhood, I would still like to imagine that everything is arranged for the best”(pp.12/13): how moving, ,and how simple, … 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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SEBALD AND “PARLOUS LOFTINESS”:QUEER OR CAMP?BY STEVEN BENSON

Sebald said, of Thomas Browne’s style in “Urn Burial”:”his only means of achieving the sublime heights that this endeavour required was a parlous loftiness{sic}in his language…constructing labarynthine sentences that sometimes extend over one or two pages, sentences that resemble processions … Continue reading

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