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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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12th Feb 2008, 15:40   | tags:,

taniwha says:

I like the top one the best. Emphasises the emptiness

12th Feb 2008, 15:42

factotum says:

I was playing around with the idea that the painting of the tree branches looks like a view out the window while (in the last version especially) the view out the window can be made to look like a painting,

12th Feb 2008, 15:57

nige says:

like all of these. this your space, facto?

12th Feb 2008, 17:26

Caine says:

Ooh, nice! I like the last shot best.

12th Feb 2008, 18:55

factotum says:

This is the upstairs of Art Mur, a Montreal gallery. I'd been taken photos of the floors, but I liked this "long shot" too.

13th Feb 2008, 02:13

Jane Doe says:

These are good, nice together but I like the playfulness of the last one

13th Feb 2008, 08:13

OJ says:

Ilike all of these too. I thought at first glance maybe you were looking at light at different times of day.

14th Feb 2008, 11:42

MaggieD says:

I like the third the best ... I think it best fits the window theme ....

14th Feb 2008, 21:42

FilbertFox says:

it is interestin how different the details are in each one

18th Feb 2008, 17:37