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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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A March afternoon near the corner of Cote-desNeiges and Queen Mary Road
19th Mar 2007, 20:14   | tags:,,

ViX says:

I feel a desperate need to visit mmmuffins!!

19th Mar 2007, 21:41

hildegard says:

Heh - I love that jumble of francophone & anglophone.

19th Mar 2007, 22:16

swamprose says:

I miss it. la belle province.

19th Mar 2007, 22:26

Caine says:

I love those pink canopies. Very nice capture.

19th Mar 2007, 23:05

OJ says:

Lovely street scene. The old guy about to cross the road makes it for me.

What's the wee shop entrance between the main two? A hairdressers?

20th Mar 2007, 11:05

factotum says:

OJ, the red door does go upstairs to the Salon be Beaute.

I enjoy the jumble of fonts and typography and the way the bottom edge of the pink canopies echo the top of the MMM in MMMuffins.

20th Mar 2007, 12:39

Viv says:

tables and chairs waiting for warmer days

20th Mar 2007, 17:00

swamprose says:

I keep coming back here for a fix. simple shot of one of those places you pass every day, but are slightly unique to the place. take me back someone, to la belle province.

21st Mar 2007, 01:40

factotum says:

Facto Junior, the editor,would tell you that things cannot be "slightly" unique, but I know what you mean. Montrealers take this mix entirely for granted, so most of the time we don't even take notice. But in case I've never said so before, I LOVE Montreal.

21st Mar 2007, 01:48

Dhamaka says:

I love this shot.
One day I'll visit

25th Mar 2007, 17:59