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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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Saku Koivu and Celine Dion adorn the Bell Centre in Montreal.
14th Jul 2008, 21:58   | tags:,,,

dan jacob says:

IIRC Koivu played for TPS in the Finnish hockey league in the early 90s.

14th Jul 2008, 22:29

swamprose says:

what is a great finnish hockey player, first European captain of Les Canadiens, cancer survivor, all time great hockey player doing next to that woman? Bell just sucks.

edit. sorry, celine just gets me going. but the photo with their legs is great. I like koivu's better.

14th Jul 2008, 22:36

Caine says:

I really like the last shot. :)

14th Jul 2008, 22:53

nige says:

heh. i like the juxtaposition.

16th Jul 2008, 02:12