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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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Back to school.....
9th Sep 2009, 02:45  

swamprose says:

toi? and just what is on the menu?

9th Sep 2009, 02:46

Factotum says:

Classical Archaeology 266

9th Sep 2009, 02:50

Caine says:

Back to school for what? This sounds interesting. ETA: woops, we crossposted. That sounds like a great class. Any particular reason you're taking it?

9th Sep 2009, 02:50

Factotum says:

If you're over 55 (and who isn't?), you can audit courses at Concordia University for 26$/course. That 26$ gets you not only the course, but also all the perks of being a student, the library card, the shuttle bus pass, the student discounts on software... not to mention the student discount at the Salvation Army on Wednesdays!

9th Sep 2009, 03:01

Caine says:

Wow, that is a great deal!

9th Sep 2009, 03:12

Factotum says:

it is! Unfortunately, it doesn't cover studio art courses, but that would be too good to be true!

9th Sep 2009, 03:16

Jane Doe says:

Fantastic! Enjoy : )

9th Sep 2009, 07:21

Viv says:

enjoy the course and the benefits

9th Sep 2009, 13:44

minushabens says:

and classical crinkles too!

9th Sep 2009, 16:20

hildegard says:

Heh, trying to blag my way into auditing an under-subscribed Japanese course at the moment - I like the sound of the CU systemn enormously.

9th Sep 2009, 18:29

gill1109 says:

I'm over 55... and remember being mesmerized by the girl's shoulder five rows in front, four places to the right, while the prof droned on about relativity or group theory. Now I'm the one doing the droning in front.

14th Sep 2009, 00:33

Factotum says:

I'm especially enjoying being a student instead of a prof, I must admit.

14th Sep 2009, 01:14

FilbertFox says:

I'm not............yet

25th Sep 2009, 11:13