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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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I'd read about these antlerheads, a marketing campaign for Vespa
scooters, here:

but I'd never seen one myself. These are on rue Notre Dame near the corner of Guy.
6th Jun 2008, 00:55   | tags:,,,


6th Jun 2008, 03:02

factotum says:

For more commentary on the antlerheads in Montreal, see Chris Dewolfe's update here:

10th Jun 2008, 01:28

lilitiger says:

Following that link, I love the idea of and term 'defacing' graffiti. It wraps in a nutshell the full r-evolution of this means of expression.

10th Jun 2008, 08:46

Viv says:

I like them and the turning of the heads into monster ones is quite amusing

then I have no great feelings about 'street artists' - altho' I do tend to think that good grafitti is far outweighed by bad and is detrimental to many places - Rome was certainly an example

12th Jun 2008, 10:27

factotum says:

This morning, SpacingMontreal ran a photo of a location where an Antlerhead has been scraped away:

These two were unaltered when I walked by them yesterday.

13th Jun 2008, 10:58

nige says:

i'm in agreeance with DeWolfe about the work. i don't think that corporate sponsorship diminishes the integrity.

13th Jun 2008, 11:21