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.
" 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."
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I was delighted when I came across a couple of antlerheads in Montreal a
few weeks ago, but I knew what they were. Perhaps I would have
felt more betrayed if I had discovered that they were advertising
only afterwards. This, on the other hand, did annoy ( but also
amuse) me- what looks like an art installation in an empty lot turns
out to be advertising condos being built nearby. Unlike the Vespa ad,
where there might be a good match between the product and the target
audience, this campaign seems dumb. I don't imagine that many
upscale condo buyers ventured into this structure!
(These photos were taken in early April. The empty lot is on Queen Street, just south of William, around the corner from the Darling Foundry.)
My sister's neighbours keep three llamas, two of whom you can see in
this photo. They come over to visit when you walk by their paddock.
13th Jun 2008, 03:16
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These figureheads are in the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem,
Massachusetts. We were there just before closing time, and they were
already setting up the room for some sort of event.
Spotted while grocery shopping in the U.S.
12th Jun 2008, 02:40
I'd read about these antlerheads, a marketing campaign for Vespa
but I'd never seen one myself. These are on rue Notre Dame near the corner of Guy.
The old Lowney's chocolate factory is being turned into condos. "Espace urbaine tout contemporain'! That's the old Dow Brewery in the background of the top shot, behind the old wooden wall which I blogged in my previous post. In the middle shot, you can see the old Baron Sports building on rue Notre Dame. Developers have no sense of irony.
I've been meaning to photograph this old wooden wall on rue Montfort
for ages; I'm surprised that it has survived the latest stage in the
Lowney development project. That's the Dow brewery and its chimney that you see in the background of the first and last shots.
This is an old photo (September 2007) taken on Notre Dame showing
the block of rue Barre east of Mountain Street, behind the
construction site. These houses have now been hidden again.This is the same construction site seen in my previous post.
For a view of what stood here before:
and closer up: