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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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The real Hammett

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I wondered what the real dachshund would make of the chicken wire dog, so I
left it by Hammett's food bowl when he came for his Sunday afternoon visit.
Hammett responded by chewing on the wire dog's tail for a while before
losing interest.
5th Jun 2006, 03:26   | tags:,,,

paintist says:

When Hammett attacks! hehe love these pics, especially the bottom one... "well thats seen him off"

5th Jun 2006, 09:31

factotum says:

It was rather discouraging to see the two side by side for the first time,. I'm resisting the temptation to get out the wire cutters and dismember the wire dog, because I know if I redo the head, I will then have to redo the body. I'm better off starting all over on a larger scale. In any case, there still a few experiments to be done on the first one, such as covering him with plasticized spackling from the hardware store... and putting on his feet.
I wonder what Swamprose and Mandy are up to?

5th Jun 2006, 12:55

paintist says:

Well we will have to wait I suppose...
I think she said she was out of town at a wedding...so perhaps chicken wire is not on the adgenda yet :-)
DO NOT dismember dog!
Do start on something huge! yes please HUGE! :-)

5th Jun 2006, 13:07

Viv says:

like this joint creativity!

14th Jun 2006, 00:58