Category Archives: Rememberances

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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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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THE HOTEL: A GHOST STORY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

{C.F. https://decayetude.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/the-hotel-and-the-guest-a-story-of-sebaldian-malaise-and-an-essay-in-psychogeography/  and https://decayetude.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/residuary-body-by-steven-benson/ and https://decayetude.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/6th-march-1967-the-jolt-a-story-of-spectral-geography-and-uncanny-architecture-by-steven-benson/ The guest booked on one of those endlessly replicating internet sites for hotel reservations. “Booking confirmed”(date, time details) The time came. He arrived. The hotel formed the grand frontage of a railway station. “Somewhat … Continue reading

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WALTZ/WALDTEUFEL. BY STEVEN BENSON

Sad Poignant Strains…. It yearns It longs For a World Long-Gone; Of once Elegant Ballrooms(then); NOW: deserted, rodent-infested, SHELLS of the dead grand edifices: on piers, in old hotels….so that Emil’s Elegy Winds Sinuously- Sadly Through the Debris, As the … 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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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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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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CORNWALL RAMBLINGS(PART 3):ENTRAPMENT AND FREEDOM. BY STEVEN BENSON.

Yes, I remember Liskeard, The land of lost content, For, on an October day, The branch train Terminated there Wontedly. Bad hommages (or postmodern collages?:P) aside:-it is, again, a day of porous time boundaries: 2005/2006??. Somewhere around then… THEN… and … Continue reading

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