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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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Decrepit old walls, as usual, but these are on the south slope of Mount Royal instead of in my usual haunts, the run down neighbourhoods of Griffintown and Saint Henri...
10th May 2009, 00:10   | tags:,,,

Caine says:

Wonderful shots. I especially like the 4th and 5th shots. The 4th one has that je ne sais quoi for me. Faved.

10th May 2009, 05:40

nige says:

Always a pleasure to journey around Montreal with you, facto.

10th May 2009, 09:50

JokerXL says:

Oh we love rustic, crumbling masonry, full of interesting shapes & textures.

10th May 2009, 12:47

factotum says:

Do I detect a touch of sarcasm, Joker? That's o.k. I felt a bit jaded myself. I like the intersection of the stone and brick walls and the chain link fence...

10th May 2009, 13:00

JokerXL says:

No, not meant that way, I just like crumbling masonry, full of interesting shapes and textures.

10th May 2009, 14:32