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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 like the topsy-turviness of the third picture where nothing is parallel or perpendicular; it makes you feel that major repairs are in order! But the netting has been in place for some time. In the bottom photos, you can see the accumulation of leaves that has gathered under the netting, as well as an article of clothing.
20th Mar 2009, 11:46   | tags:,,

swamprose says:

third photo rules. congratulations on montreal's decision not to 'develop' griffintown, and your studio area.

20th Mar 2009, 12:43

Viv says:

Ooh that's good news

so will there be some money for restoration?

20th Mar 2009, 14:40

Caine says:

Fantastic series. I'm so happy the developing biz is off. 1st and 5th shots faved. :)

21st Mar 2009, 00:37

factotum says:

Well, it wasn't so much Montreal's decision as the result of the global economic situation, so one can't give too much credit, or any credit perhaps, to the city. The sad thing is, of course, that there's nothing else in sight for a neighbourhood that desperately needs an infusion of cash and development of some sort. I don't think it's as desperate as some American cities; look at Witold Rybczynski's photo essay about Detroit for example:
http://www.slate.com/id/2213696/

21st Mar 2009, 01:31

Viv says:

Oh wow some amazing empty properties - lets hope he is right about down but not out.

22nd Mar 2009, 02:29