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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 Ministry of Transport's plan for the Turcot interchange involves bringing sections of the elevated highway down to street level, or onto low embankments. To envisage what this might look like, I went out to photograph two transportation embankments downtown. This is the Mountain Street entrance ramp to the highway; it starts at ground level on rue Saint Antoine. This embankment is not really an attractive sloped green space, especially since it's filled with giant illuminated billboards!

lilitiger says:

Does that mean knocking down other things, to make space?

1st Jun 2008, 06:35

factotum says:

Lilitiger, probably yes, to build the new roads more or less alongside the old ones. When the new system is completed, the old roads will come down, but for many years there will be two sets of roads and ongoing construction.

2nd Jun 2008, 02:26