My two years in San Francisco has a special place in my writing career. After all, it's where I wrote almost all of THE LAST TIME WE WERE US.
SF is truly a magical place, and while I doubt I'll be setting any books here in the near future (North Carolina is for the time being, my setting of choice), the energy of the city was awesome to soak up, only for a little bit. It definitely inspired me, and it was a wonderful place to compose my novel.
Here are a few quotes from writers--and non-writers--about the city by the bay.
“One day if I go to heaven … I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.’”~Herb Cain
“The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I’m here.”~Billy Graham
“My San Francisco on her seven hills is smiling, beside an opalescent sunset sea.”
“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.”~Mark Twain
“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
“Perpetual spring, the flare of adventure in the blood, the impulse of men who packed Virgil with their bean-bags on the overland journey, conspired to make San Francisco a city of artists.”~William Henry Irwin
“I don’t know of any other city where you can walk through so many culturally diverse neighborhoods, and you’re never out of sight of the wild hills. Nature is very close here.”~Gary Snyder
“You know what it is? It’s a golden handcuff with the key thrown away.”~John Steinbeck
“San Francisco has only one drawback—‘tis hard to leave.”~Rudyard Kipling
“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.”~Paul Kantner
“God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay.”~Fiorello La Guardia
“I’m just mad for San Francisco. It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other.”~Twiggy
“San Francisco is poetry. Even the hills rhyme.”~Pat Montandon
“To a traveler paying his first visit, it has the interest of a new planet. It ignores the meteorological laws which govern the rest of the world.”~Fitz Hugh Ludlow
“San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home.”~Benjamin F. Taylor
“It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.”~Oscar Wilde
“If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.”~William Saroyan
“Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.”~John Lennon
“Money lives in New York. Power sits in Washington. Freedom sips Cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe in San Francisco.”~Joe Flower
"I'm proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world."~Joe DiMaggio