Unknown photographer, Oct 1935, Golden Gate Bridge in early construction, San Francisco

"There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda… . You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning." (Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

© Lyn Alweis / The Denver Post, May 13 1986, Lulu Franklin’s 106th Birthday

“I don’t believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun. ”Virginia Woolf

© Susan Biddle / The Denver Post, Jul 8 1986, Mrs O.G. Enholm who lives at 12th and Cook waters her grass from a stool, a comfortable way to get the chore done

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

© Pierre Jamet / Coll. Corinne Jamet, undated, Dina sous la douche

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with somebody I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: ‘I’ll go take a hot bath.’

I meditate in the bath. The water needs to be very hot, so hot you can barely stand putting your foot in it. Then you lower yourself, inch by inch, till the water’s up to your neck.

I remember the ceiling over every bathtub I’ve stretched out in. I remember the texture of the ceilings and the cracks and the colors and the damp spots and the light fixtures. I remember the tubs, too: the antique griffin-legged tubs, and the modern coffin-shaped tubs, and the fancy pink marble tubs overlooking indoor lily ponds, and I remember the shapes and sizes of the water taps and the different sorts of soap holders.

I never feel so much myself as when I’m in a hot bath.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

© Atelier Jacobi, 1906, Portrait of Franz Kafka

“We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.” ― Franz Kafka

Happy 130th birthday, Mr. Kafka!

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Unknown photographer, ca. 1950s, Ernest Hemingway in the bath

“I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Ernest Hemingway

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© Ed van Wijk, undated, Balloons

 “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”  ― A.A. Milne

Unknown photographer, Nov. 1944, Midtown Manhattan looking South

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds