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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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7th May 2008, 04:26

Dhamaka says:

my favourite expression is on #3

Factotum.... How long has your blog been called 'a necklace of memorable days"? I know and love the quote in your sidebar (and the book) but.. how long have I been blind?

7th May 2008, 06:51

factotum says:

My blog was called that for quite a while after Jane Doe pointed the quotation out to me, then I edited my profile and inadvertently changed it back to the default title. Thanks JD.
These carving are all along the north side of the station. I love them because they are so close to the ground that even a short person can admire them.

7th May 2008, 12:55

I think the faces are saying, "if you stand still for too long, the kudzu will get you."


7th May 2008, 13:44

Euphro says:

Wow, gorgeous!

7th May 2008, 14:34

nige says:

the creepiest!

7th May 2008, 19:31

swamprose says:

your eyes on montreal make me very happy.

8th May 2008, 02:56

Dhamaka says:


8th May 2008, 22:13

Viv says:

great detail

9th May 2008, 19:01

itchymoblog says:

I love North American rail stations - they're just so big, old and majestic. Even the UK's oldest and grandest can't compete, IMO.

21st May 2008, 21:23