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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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mara says:

love both

28th Aug 2008, 07:44

OJ says:

Heh. Nice shorts.

28th Aug 2008, 10:20

Caine says:

Terrific shots. I like that skinny line of sky leaking through in the top shot, and that man's shorts in the 2nd shot are great. Top shot faved.

6th Sep 2008, 06:18

factotum says:

I've added a photo so that you can see the skull and crossbones on the shorts...
When someone brings a dumpster to the neighbourhood around the studio, it attracts a lot of visitors. My friend is a cabinet maker, looking for lumber. It's remarkable what gets thrown away.

6th Sep 2008, 14:22

Caine says:

Love those shorts! Back in So Cal, we used to raid the dumpsters in the back of a commercial art studio. There was a man at that space that did building for the movie studios. We used to find great bits of wood along with other nifty things tossed by the art studio folks. Got a lot of my art paper for free in those days.

7th Sep 2008, 02:03