'O may I join the choir invisible/Of those immortal dead who live again/In minds made better by their presence'

'If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack; a glance from your eyes and my life will be yours.'

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comments: Saving grace and consolation. Makes the unpalatable not.
clcassius profile - diary
comments: Because I once believed that my middle name was Hannibal. It's a comfort to remember that I'm not the only Roman outcast. And a consolation to know that in fact I'm not really a cause celebre.
cream profile - diary
comments: What can I say? The ability to improvise, appreciate, a randomness that is not affected and more charming for that. She doesn't write in straight lines and changes colors so often that my eyes hardly have enough time to adjust
mechaieh profile - diary
comments: I am often in a parlous state, and, willy-nilly, her words pull me along
minderella profile - diary
comments: Because I live on the Isle of Blight (not a misnomer) and she is a reminder of the path that I won't take.
reldragon profile - diary
comments: If asked why I read this one hundred times - once a day for one hudred days - I hope that i would never give the same answer twice. A joy.
riatsala profile - diary
comments: I don't have to harangue myself for reading Laurence Sterne anymore. I can admit that someone else is learned with a straight face. Tristam Shandy, indeed.
throcky profile - diary
comments: Because she is an antidote to Hardy. A garrulous Lady Astor? Unlikely. She is a Charlotte. Elective Affinities. Young Werther. Why have I not the words for a paean to her wisdom?
una-sorella profile - diary
comments: Se non ci fosse lei nel nostro mondo, avrei voluto inventarla
seraphim- profile - diary
comments: 'Mi hai soltanto strappato un po di silenzio' And instead of silence you leave me layers and layers of words, and mysteries to unravel
shimmerydew profile - diary
comments: Coming to you live from the city of music
argyle-socks profile - diary
comments: Montreal - Home to les Canadiens, Poutine, Laval, Charest and this diarist who I cannot help but envy. Color me green
nightdragon profile - diary
comments: Alternative to the dementia induced from imagining 1000 Al Gores all speaking at the same time
fille6 profile - diary
comments: Fellow member of the Dead Poets Society?
oneblackbird profile - diary
comments: Beyond praise
raven72d profile - diary
comments: first impression: 21st-century bohemian
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comments: A series of superlatives
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My favorite music:

Franz Schubert
comments: Who says that the Habsburg Monarchy did not produce anything of note?
Ella Fitzgerald
comments: "You are the promised kiss of springtime.."
Antonin Dvorak
comments: Bach, Lalo, Elgar, Chopin, Bartok, Ravel, Mahler, Tchaikovsky
comments: Parsifal
comments: The Counting Crowes, Sarah McLachlan, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Suzanne Vega, Placebo, Badly Drawn Boy, Muse, Jeff Buckley, Craig David, The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, Morrissey, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Stereolab

My favorite movies:

The English Patient
comments: "Swoon and I'll catch you"
Annie Hall
comments: "I forgot my mantra"
comments: "Mediocrities? I am their patron saint..."
The Thin Red Line
comments: La Dolce Vita, The Three Colours trilogy, The Last Emperor, Le Double Vie de Veronique, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Piano, Princess Mononoke, The Sweet Hereafter
The Remains of the Day
comments: Boys Don't Cry, Howards End, Fargo, Lawrence of Arabia, Sunshine, Last Tango in Paris, Requiem for a Dream, The Godfather, Part II, Memento, Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Artificial Intelligence, Viva Zapata!, The Talented Mr Ripley, Traffic, The War

My favorite authors:

Gustav Flaubert
comments: Sentimental Education
Vladimir Nabokov
comments: Speak, Memory; The Real Life of Sebastian Knight; Pale Fire
Kazuo Ishiguro
comments: Stevie Smith, Robert Graves, George Orwell, Thomas Mann, Carston McCullers, Milan Kundera, Robertson Davies, Heinrich von Kleist, Murasaki Shukbu, Marcel Proust, Dante, Petrarch, Joseph Roth, Yukio Mishima, Ivan Klima
Iris Murdoch
comments: The Black Prince; A Severed Head; The Word Child; The Sea, The Sea; The Bell
Thomas Hardy
comments: Michael Ondaatje, Penelope Fitzgerald, Italo Calvino, Goethe, Dorothy Parker, Arthur Schopenhauer, Leopardi, Mordechai Richler, Pirandello, Lord Byron, Paul Verlaine, U. A Fanthorpe, Ian McEwan

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