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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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6th May 2009, 12:49   | tags:,,,

minushabens says:

lovely! I like these backyard places and those stairs. :)

6th May 2009, 14:00

taniwha says:

Very nice. Like looking at this sort of stuff.

6th May 2009, 14:30

Javama says:

Yep. Fascinating pictures.

6th May 2009, 17:36

Caine says:

Nice one! Is laneway what we'd call an alley?

6th May 2009, 22:12

factotum says:

I think laneway is a Canadianism. If there were a paved road or driveway, I think I would have called it an alley; if there were an unpaved road, I would have called it a lane.

6th May 2009, 22:32

Caine says:

Ah. The road in back of us isn't really a road; I usually call it an alley, but it isn't paved, it's dirt. I think I'll adopt laneway for it. I like it better.

6th May 2009, 23:13

Jig along says:

Love the spiral stairway. Think that there should be a slippery dip for the journey down:)

8th May 2009, 00:32