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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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23rd Jun 2007, 00:32   | tags:,,

swamprose says:

we have some of the very same shots. amazing.

23rd Jun 2007, 01:17

OJ says:

I like this. It's a mystery story of a set I mean.

23rd Jun 2007, 01:43

factotum says:

S'Rose, we could get something stereoscopic going if we really have simultaneous photos taken only inches apart.

23rd Jun 2007, 02:44

swamprose says:

sorry facto, we'll have to wait for that. my external hard drive, where I put all my photos is dead, and in the hospital, awaiting the kiss of life. I hope.

23rd Jun 2007, 12:15

factotum says:

Perhaps I will back up my back ups this morning! Daisy, who is now working as a media archivist, states that DVDs have a 50% risk of failure after 5 years, and that CDs have a 50% risk of failure after 10 years. Their policy is to make 2 copies of a backup CD or 3 copies of a backup DVD, then to make backups of the backups after 3 years. I'm exhausted already.

23rd Jun 2007, 14:36