Thursday, August 21, 2008

Heaven on earth

View from Nob Hill, midday 8/21/08.

"The French police declare that Basil never arrived in Paris at all. I suppose in about a fortnight we shall be told that he has been seen in San Francisco. It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world."
--Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

"Heaven is a city Much Like San Francisco.
House upon house depended from Hillside,
From Crest down to Dockside,
The green Mirroring Bay:
Oh Joyful in the Buckled Garden:
Undulant Landscape Over which
The Threat of Seismic Catastrophe hangs:
More beautiful because imperiled."
--Tony Kushner, Angels in America: Perestroika

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