Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 25 (1929, rev. 1970).
Said of San Francisco in 1898. Later, in 1917, Crowley's impressions had changed: "The old charm had vanished completely. It had become a regular fellow. The earthquake had swallowed up romance, and the fire burnt up the soul of the city to ashes. The phoenix had perished and from the cinders had arisen a turkey buzzard." (Confessions, ch. 77).