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A Necklace of Memorable Days

by Factotum

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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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Laterna Magica

Here are few pics of Montreal artist Loren Williams recent installation, Laterna Magica.

Vintage photographs collected from the albums of her neighborhood residents were installed around the block and through the lanes near her home, as close to the original location where the photos were taken.

Caine says:

Very interesting idea. I think I like the 8th shot the best; there's a lot of contrast there, definitions of different times, different generations.

12th Oct 2010, 21:05

swamprose says:

what a lovely idea. toronto photograhers are busy making photos including historical archives and their own photos of the same place.

13th Oct 2010, 04:05

Factotum says:

These photos are misleading in a way. The photos would be less obvious if you were just walking down the street; it would be easy to miss many of them, especially ones in the second story windows. There were even tiny photos that you could only see if you looked through the knot holes in the wooden fences along the back lane.
At night, they were illuminated.
I like the last photo because it shows the kids looking for, and spotting, other photos.

13th Oct 2010, 13:08

Jane Doe says:

Great idea

31st Oct 2010, 11:43

nige says:

I love the sentiment.

3rd Nov 2010, 08:51

taniwha says:

So wonderful. Like looking at ghosts.

3rd Nov 2010, 15:24