Category Archives: Phenomenology

MASCULINITY AND ME.BY STEVEN BENSON.

CATALYST: “The Descent of Man”(Grayson Perry, 2016) I am (mainly) a social construction in regard to gender roles. Whilst I am a PSYCHOLOGICAL  androgynite (identifying-emotionally- as neither ” male” nor female”, since these alleged “masculine” or “feminine” psychological traits are NOT … Continue reading

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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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“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 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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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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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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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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THE CLUB AND THE CLOAKROOM ATTENDANT. A SHORT STORY/MEMOIR.BY STEVEN BENSON.

He cycled, wearily,  towards the Club, unaware/undiagnosed. He felt like willpower(alone) was forcing the pedals around. (One night he just could not hack it, and sat in a surreal subtopian McDonalds near Ancoats, throwing a sickie; the carapace of the … Continue reading

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NEW BEGINNINGS AND SELF-REINVENTION.BY STEVEN BENSON.

New beginnings can be at ANY time not just January. I like to space self re-invention over the year(sometimes I physiologically NEED to!). Poem? Steam-of-consciousness? ok: mixed genre… Here are my self re-alignments(in historical order); then some future ones…And, perhaps, … Continue reading

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