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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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These boarded up buildings are part of the neighbourhood that will soon be razed to make way for Montreal's new "Quartier des Spectacles". The only business that has been successful in holding out this long is the Cafe Cleopatre. The ghost signs pictured in another post
are at the back of the Cafe Cleopatre!

Caine says:

What a pity it's all going to be razed. Lot of nice artwork there.

24th Jul 2010, 22:15

mysteritmo says:

very nice series!

28th Jul 2010, 18:23

swamprose says:

right. If they got rid of the Montreal Pool Room, then they can bloody well make a project that includes the Cafe Cleopatra with "danseuses, strip-teaseuses, disco and spectacles continuels". No steamie? give me les spectacles.

29th Jul 2010, 05:26