Category Archives: Utopia

FOR “PRIDE STORY” WRITING GROUP.”STEPS TO FREEDOM:PAUL’S (GAY) START IN LIFE”.REFLECTIONS. BY STEVEN BENSON.

Paul, in memory, re-entered and re-claimed his first flat(since coming out as gay ); in his act of rememberance, he walked around the land of yesteryear,but also(in vertical time) the demesne of TODAY, as his memory joined the past and … Continue reading

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STRONG AND STABLE.JEREMY CORBYN AND THE QUEEN. PART TWO.A FANTASY(OR IS IT?). BY STEVEN BENSON.

Jeremy Corbyn was dying to read his alternative Queen’s Speech in the Commons. The time came(We all know about “our Therese{faux Scouse accent here}”; let’s leave that particular tediousness out!). So, Liz read the , disconcertingly, short official Speech out, … Continue reading

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BOOKSHOP STORIES.PART 2. RE-INVENTION. A MEDITATION. BY STEVEN BENSON.

And so I repaired(being the word), once more, to the newly re-invented, struggling treasure-trove of a bookshop (with café:)). It wasn’t term time but the café was twentyfold busier than its host bookshop. It had become a weekly joy(tinged with … Continue reading

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BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … Continue reading

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ADDLESTROP transmutes into a GAY GOTH MONDAY NIGHTER.LIVERPOOL GAY 80S(PART 2) BY STEVEN BENSON

Yes, I remember The STATE: A Cavernous, Art deco, Nightclub; Gay and Goth happily mixed on a Monday night;fogs of dry ice: in a former ballroom. I do not recall much save the FEEL of it: the extravagant costumes, the … Continue reading

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LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY LGBT ARCHIVE; GAY LEFT AND ANTI CLAUSE 28 CAMPAIGN.

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BLISS AND THE SHUDDER OF OPERA.A SELF-REFERENTIAL PERFORMANCE. BY STEVEN BENSON.

JOUISSANCE: Pain in Joy {“SQUARE BRACKETS”. That is a luxury if you actually experience physiological pain, especially if unpredictable and/or severe} But it’s a nice Conceit, for un Governable ECSTASY {“SQUARE BRACKETS”.Ultimately, as Monica Pearl admits, in “Bliss:Opera’s Untenable Pleasure”,collected … Continue reading

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GAY LIVERPOOL IN THE 1980s: MY REMEMBERANCES.VERBAL SNAPSHOTS(PRE DIGITAL!). BY STEVEN BENSON

inspiration/catalyst: “Gay in the 80s”(Clews,2017). I have written (here ) about my part in the anti-Clause 28 campaign and two other campaigns with that activist group  https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/section-28-the-fight-against-it-in-merseyside-reportagelgbt-archiveunwritten-histories-by-steven-benson/ But I also lived a somewhat hedonistic- though running parallel with a good … Continue reading

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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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