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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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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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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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THE TANGLED SKEIN OF MEMORY. MY LIFE AND “DAVID COPPERFIELD”. BY STEVEN BENSON.

“When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind…”(“David Copperfield”) Memory is fleeting glimpses of the past(in picture form); memory is, also, elongated and long travails through the past. Dickens deals with both, in “David Copperfield”. Proust … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS TO PONDER ON GAY/QUEER WRITING, AND WRITING IN GENERAL.INFORMED BY ROBERT GLUCK AND NEW NARRATIVE.BY STEVEN BENSON

1. “how to be a theory-based writer and represent myself as a gay man”(Robert Gluck, “Long Note on New Narrative”,); questions with which I, myself, am still struggling; and the first of which could also well relate to cross/multi(therefore queer … Continue reading

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PHENOMENOLOGY: SEBALD,HUSSERL,AHMED, IAN EVERTON, BOY GEORGE /”TRADEMARK”

“Spaces are like a second skin that unfolds in the folds of the body”(Sara Ahmed,”Queer Phenomenology”, 2006, p.9) ……………………………………………………… This is interesting:…..Sebald’s protagonists are often overtly DISorientated are often emmigrants, or in exile, or Jewish, or homosexual, or Jewish AND … Continue reading

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