Category Archives: Sebald

HOMOSEX(UALITY) AND THE DOPPELGANGER; G>A>Y (“GOOD AS YOU”){INCLUDING REFERENCE TO SEBALD}: A BELLETRISTIK (DOUBLE!)TAKE, BY STEVEN BENSON

1, Homosex allied with/equated with “narcissism” in psycho-analytic tradition(hetero-normatively constructed); thereby implied as an incomplete, arrested development. The literary trope of the uncanny doppelganger(for instance in Gothic novel), though it can be queered(ie. positively skewed; torquere=to twist),sets up the homoerotic … 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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I MEET MY HERO, JEREMY CORBYN(EXPANDED VERSION).I AM HAPPY(YET SAD) BY STEVEN BENSON.

And, so it seemed I emerged from a dark tunnel of 2 months’ anxiety into LIGHT. The “Village Hall” was, actually, an old gymnasium, redolent of a GDR-style(now)┬áredundant building, with its concrete and steel; wholly functional, with no decoration. Somewhat … Continue reading

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MUM AND DADS’ MARRIAGE DAY; AND THE DREAM WEAVER.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Through glass, memory, and time: mum and dads’ marriage day, c. 1958 The dream weaver: a skein linking together past, present and future; preserving the past as much as possible via memories and dreams; but also mum watching over me, … Continue reading

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BENNIAL 2016 ET AL(CONTINUED).PHOTO AND CAPTION POST:CAIRNS STREET AND GRANBY ST: ASSEMBLAGE AND CONSTELLATION AND FOUND OBJECTS .BY STEVEN BENSON

Constellations of stars or miniature found objects; an assemblage{homage to Benjamin};a representation and presagement of the reality and representation all around this artwork This work covers a former window, another portal; Liverpool Biennials often re-discover/uncover the remnants of former manifestations … Continue reading

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FRAGMENTS/SNAPSHOTS/WHY not unFINISHED!?BY STEVEN BENSON

Holbeck Hall, Scarborough/ Birmingham Snow Hill station residuary body/the liminal┬árest home/abandoned houses/decrepitude/desuetude/decayetude: the ghost stories(spectral psychogeography), the rants, the lgbt/Queer theory,the syntheses, the hybrid(sebaldian) stylistics; HAVE I NOW SAID IT ALL? …….. I hope not … yet…. I LIKE fragments, … 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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QUIRKY,VARIEGATED ART CAPTURES IN LARK LANE CAFE.BY STEVEN BENSON

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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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“A SNATCH OF HALF-VANISHED MELODY”. AN EXPLORATION OF “A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY”.PART 4. ESSAY 3:”WHY I GRIEVE I DO NOT KNOW: A MEMENTO OF MORIKE”. BY STEVEN BENSON

“Memento”-Sebald, as ever,concerned with exhuming the reputation and writings of these authors, those very lives and writings which often mirror his own(in style and content). A memento, a rememberance; that is, a reparation; that is, a TRACE from the past … Continue reading

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