In the second volume of Susan Sontag's diaries, “As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh”, there is a note that is stuck in my head. It’s an entrance from 21st February 1971, and it might as well be my favourite part of the whole book.
Here, Susan is making a list of things she likes and dislikes. Almost like a stream of consciousness, it’s simple, it’s beautiful and decadent at the same time. For some reason, it makes me feel good in a special way. Why is that? Maybe reading about things that someone else is fond of creates a special moment of intimacy. It can make you feel connected to a person you had never met and will never get to know personally.
So here is this list of peculiar objects, places or activities that makes life special, albeit in a different place and century, but the happiness they trigger doesn't change - it’s like walking into a room with large windows, full of sunlight.