This book is a compilation of the very best of WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, which was established in 1976 in California by Leonard Koren, and published 34 issues before it eventually closed in 1981. Koren had been studying architecture at the time, and he became obsessed by bathrooms which, to his mind, were a kind of enclosed space providing everything necessary for transcendental experience. He started making art about his friends bathing, and then, to thank them for their generosity in modelling for free, held a huge party in a local bathhouse. When this event drew the finest of the art crowd and a huge amount of press, he had the idea to make a magazine all about gourmet bathing. What an idea! Pure genius. Really though, it serves as a testament to the fact that you can make a magazine about anything, if you have enough belief in your ideas, and friends who do too – which is a powerful idea to keep in mind if you work in magazines today. Whatever your thing is, it’s somebody else’s thing too. As soon as I work out what my thing is, I’ll be following in Koren’s wet footsteps.