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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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8th Jan 2012, 01:13  

taniwha says:

Oh cool. I gave it a go but apparently I haven't written enough to make an assessment.

8th Jan 2012, 09:22

Earthlad says:

He he, thats quite a big gap in years, it didnt get mine, maybe I should learn to speak properly, lol

8th Jan 2012, 10:07

AnnOminous says:

That's kind of like getting your age guessed at the carnival. Neat trick. :)

8th Jan 2012, 11:50

Factotum says:

The fact that my recent posts have been full of words such as grandchildren and knitting may have made the Age Analyzer's job easier :)

8th Jan 2012, 11:51

Craft says:

Bloody thing had me in the 51-65 group... : - [

8th Jan 2012, 12:00

Earthlad says:

Dont worry craft, it thinks im a child lol

8th Jan 2012, 16:53

Viv says:


8th Jan 2012, 17:11

MaggieD says:

26-35 If only!

9th Jan 2012, 19:18

Twiglet says:

I got that too but was too ashamed to admit it... : (

9th Jan 2012, 19:25

crickson says:

Wow - it was spot on for me. I wonder how it works...

29th Feb 2012, 14:35