April 24, 2008

So I get this email with the name "Wright" in the subject line.

And — the life of a weary blogger being what it is — I think first that it's some anti-Obama thing railing about Jeremiah Wright. And then I think of Bob Wright — is it something from Bloggingheads.tv? It starts off:
I trust you all made it through the grueling winter and are enjoying the daffodils!
That seems far afield from either Bob or Jeremiah.
With Spring comes the annual Wright & Like tour, and I hope you had such a great time last year in Delavan that you might want to try another stint?
Oh, yes, Delavan... Remember "Was I a decent docent?" It's Frank Lloyd Wright!
This year's Wright & Like is subtitled "On the Road Again", as it is a reprise of a similar tour we did six years ago, featuring four Frank Lloyd Wright houses off the I-94 corridor between Milwaukee and Madison: the Greenberg House in Dousman, the Smith House in Jefferson, the Arnold House in Columbus, and the Jackson House in Beaver Dam. We've added four more great venues to make a very full day: two John Randal McDonald houses (Oconomowoc and Beaver Dam) and one Russell Barr Williamson, in Beaver Dam, and the exquisite Farmers and Merchants Bank by Louis Sullivan, in Columbus.
I guess somehow I was a decent docent — decent enough to be asked back.

Funny, I was just sitting in Starbucks this morning — working on my notes for the last class of the semester, my last class here at Brooklyn Law School — and they played this old tune:

I can't believe your song is gone so soon.
I barely learned the tune
So soon
So soon.


john said...


You really need to stretch the trip out a bit and take in the FLW gas station in Cloquet, "just off" the I-35 corridor.

Fill er' up, and remember only skinny people go to the bathroom there. Should be pretty clean.

Ralph said...

I'm getting the video is no longer available.
Was it the old Simon & Garfunkel tune? I don't believe I've ever heard that on the radio.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm getting the video. And yeah, it's that song.

Iapetus said...

Try living in a Wright-designed home without a household staff the size of an army battalion and you might come to a different assessment of the man. Plumbers and carpenters and stone masons and gardeners and maids, oh my! And also better hire a live-in family doctor for when you or your kid bangs a shin or severs an artery against a razor sharp edge of what appears to be a table in the middle of the room at 2:30 min into the video. Harsh stone instead of warm, heavily grained, wonderfully textured woods for the interior? No thank you.

Ralph said...

One has to sacrifice for (someone else's) art.

titusyoumustloveme said...

I love Spring Green and some of his houses around there but I absolutely hate The House on the Rock. It became an awful tourist trap.

Does it really need the world largest carasol in it's basement?

How do you spell carasol?

Ralph said...


Ann Althouse said...

You thought the House on the Rock should remain pure? The whole idea of it is rampant impurity.

J-Dog said...

That's great, thanks for posting it!
Didn't know about the song.
House on the Rock was intended to make fun of Wright and is supposed to be a tourist trap. Fond memories of that!