Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Bathroom Poetry

Whilst in the bathroom at the San Francisco airport, I noticed what looked like graffiti on the wall. Actually, someone had incorporated literary quotes about San Francisco into the design of the bathroom. There were Dylan Thomas, and William Saroyan.

"But oh, San Francisco! It is and has everything~
you wouldn't think that such a place as San Francisco could exist.
The lobsters, clams,crabs. Oh, Cat, what food for you. And all the people are open and friendly. Dylan Thomas"

"San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth. William Saroyan."

"It's a mad city, inhabited by perfectly insane people whose women are of remarkable beauty. Rudyard Kipling."

I probably wigged out some people, as I patiently tried to photograph each quote in its entirety; bathrooms aren't places for photographs, really. But they probably aren't literary places for most people generally, and I rather like it when things aren't what they seem to be.

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