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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 was delighted when I came across a couple of antlerheads in Montreal a
few weeks ago, but I knew what they were. Perhaps I would have
felt more betrayed if I had discovered that they were advertising
only afterwards. This, on the other hand, did annoy ( but also
amuse) me- what looks like an art installation in an empty lot turns
out to be advertising condos being built nearby. Unlike the Vespa ad,
where there might be a good match between the product and the target
audience, this campaign seems dumb. I don't imagine that many
upscale condo buyers ventured into this structure!
(These photos were taken in early April. The empty lot is on Queen Street, just south of William, around the corner from the Darling Foundry.)

Dhamaka says:

wow - and I imagine you're right!

13th Jun 2008, 12:08

nige says:

haha. thats funny.

13th Jun 2008, 12:51

swamprose says:

condo buyers will be so impressed.

especially by their construction skills.

13th Jun 2008, 13:24

JokerXL says:

I'd live there, some net curtains up, geraniums in pots, could look nice.

13th Jun 2008, 13:51

factotum says:

Joker, the landscaping is looking better now that the snow is gone. I'll post a photo for you.

13th Jun 2008, 14:31

Chris Erb says:

I wrote about this for SpacingMontreal. According to a commenter, it isn't advertising, it's an art installation by someone named Paco from Portugal. He was living and working in the foundry as part of an exchange program. The Musée has been since torn down though unfortunately.

25th Jun 2008, 21:27