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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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Sound barrier separating a residential neighbourhood from the
commuter rail lines and the Ville Marie Expressway...

nige says:

wonder how effective it is.

24th Apr 2008, 22:05

swamprose says:

this does not look like it works.
I can see through it.
where is the RCA building, btw?

24th Apr 2008, 23:52

Jane Doe says:

love the angles in the top shot. such a weird mix of old and new

24th Apr 2008, 23:58

factotum says:

Swamprose, do you remember that there used to be a bus garage at the bottom of the Glen, right by the statue of Louis Cyr? The RCA building is just east of there, on the north side of Cote Saint Antoine at the corner of rue Lenoir.

25th Apr 2008, 02:46

Caine says:

I've never seen anything like that. Great shots.

26th Apr 2008, 22:25

Viv says:

looks very nicely done to me - if it works

9th May 2008, 18:51

JM says:

I used to live in one of those houses overlooking the tracks. That wall is hideous. I would rather have the sound of the trains and expressway.

28th Aug 2008, 21:02