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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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Montreal's milk bottle is getting cleaned up!
More information here: www.sauvonslapinte.com

540air says:

In the third one, it looks like he's looking at you. It'll be great to see when it's cleaned up :)

15th Sep 2009, 22:49

minushabens says:


15th Sep 2009, 23:25

swamprose says:

this is so great. I am so used to them tearing down or renaming anything I grew up with. Please don't let this be an advertising thing..

16th Sep 2009, 00:50

Caine says:

Now it will gleam when you shoot it! That's great.

16th Sep 2009, 14:30

Derrick says:

She goes back a long way for me. Actually delivered mike with my uncle for Guaranteed Pure Milk...

16th Sep 2009, 17:10

Derrick says:

And now it outside my window

16th Sep 2009, 17:14

Factotum says:

I do like how pagoda-like it appears in these photos!

18th Sep 2009, 01:57

thejoiner says:

In britain it would be a listed building

20th Sep 2009, 20:37

lilitiger says:

Good news! I quite like it. Do you still get milk delivered in Montreal?

28th Sep 2009, 15:59