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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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Nuit Blanche installations

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This is one of two floral installations done by Therese Chabot

Caine says:

Wow. Very nice, I like it.

1st Mar 2010, 21:46

lilitiger says:

It looks very voluptuous somehow. Is it scented too?

2nd Mar 2010, 08:55

Factotum says:

It's not scented, but voluptuous is a great word to describe it. All the flowers and plants are ones that Therese has grown in her own gardens, so the sense of being surrounded by sensory beauty and pleasure is definitely embodied in the work.

2nd Mar 2010, 12:01

Viv says:

seems like a terrific event - some very different work

2nd Mar 2010, 12:47

Factotum says:

It was an amazing night, Viv. Over 1600 visitors during the 13 hour event! I took the photos that I posted here before things got started; once we were officially open, it was much too busy. There were poetry and play readings, concerts, films, historical and architectural lectures, walking tours of the neighbourhood- all sorts of things to do and see!

2nd Mar 2010, 14:51

swamprose says:

nothing better than too much going on . Montreal Nuit Blanche next year for sure!

3rd Mar 2010, 00:07

Rick says:

Wow. That's a lot of arranging. The use of the industrial staircase to hang flowers from is genius. I'll never see, or use one, the same.

3rd Mar 2010, 18:03