THE ISLE OF MAN. PART 1(Douglas) :A journey in and beyond time. BY STEVEN BENSON

Sitting outside a slightly run-down(in the best sebaldian fashion, of course!) café, in a town which is an incongruous mixture of faded elegance(not quite sunken into total decrepitude) and seediness: a back street doubling as the shopping MAIN street,-advertising kippers, kebabs and tattoos-hidden behind the pretty but slightly ravaged promenade façadeIMG_4121IMG_4123

Its not Suffolk or Woodbridge, Max(the latter being that town where I sat reading, for the first time, one of your books, “The Rings of the Saturn”, near the course of your journey, again outside-a much more pre-possessing-café:in around 2007).

Sitting outside that café in Douglas, as I was saying, Max,I decided, espresso-fuelled, to make the most open and full experience of what could have been a narrow one(owing to constrictions of health and other matters): in this liminal land, in the midst of the Irish Sea(in which, I try not to remember, but cannot UNremember,they only legalised homosexuality quite recently; even more recently gave us equal rights in other areas, probably under pressure from the European Court of Human Rights, as its government is mainly independent of Westminster).

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Trying not to think, but thinking (nonetheless),semi-consciously, that I last came to this somewhat beknighted island 43 years ago, as a child: to Ramsey , in 1971/2; Ramsey, where I now know that the-even then-desuetudinous hotel where we stayed, as a school-party(up, as it seemed, 8 stories):-that that hotel has now succumbed to time and been demolished.

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Douglas, Isle of Man, 18.4.14

(to be continued)

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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