In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations.

E-Mail Donald
Demographer, recovering sociologist, and arts buff

E-Mail Fenster
College administrator and arts buff

E-Mail Francis
Architectural historian and arts buff

E-Mail Friedrich
Entrepreneur and arts buff
E-Mail Michael
Media flunky and arts buff


We assume it's OK to quote emailers by name.







Try Advanced Search


  1. Seattle Squeeze: New Urban Living
  2. Checking In
  3. Ben Aronson's Representational Abstractions
  4. Rock is ... Forever?
  5. We Need the Arts: A Sob Story
  6. Form Following (Commercial) Function
  7. Two Humorous Items from the Financial Crisis
  8. Ken Auster of the Kute Kaptions
  9. What Might Representational Painters Paint?
  10. In The Times ...


CultureBlogs
Sasha Castel
AC Douglas
Out of Lascaux
The Ambler
PhilosoBlog
Modern Art Notes
Cranky Professor
Mike Snider on Poetry
Silliman on Poetry
Felix Salmon
Gregdotorg
BookSlut
Polly Frost
Polly and Ray's Forum
Cronaca
Plep
Stumbling Tongue
Brian's Culture Blog
Banana Oil
Scourge of Modernism
Visible Darkness
Seablogger
Thomas Hobbs
Blog Lodge
Leibman Theory
Goliard Dream
Third Level Digression
Here Inside
My Stupid Dog
W.J. Duquette


Politics, Education, and Economics Blogs
Andrew Sullivan
The Corner at National Review
Steve Sailer
Samizdata
Junius
Joanne Jacobs
CalPundit
Natalie Solent
A Libertarian Parent in the Countryside
Rational Parenting
Public Interest.co.uk
Colby Cosh
View from the Right
Pejman Pundit
Spleenville
God of the Machine
One Good Turn
CinderellaBloggerfella
Liberty Log
Daily Pundit
InstaPundit
MindFloss
Catallaxy Files
Greatest Jeneration
Glenn Frazier
Jane Galt
Jim Miller
Limbic Nutrition
Innocents Abroad
Chicago Boyz
James Lileks
Cybrarian at Large
Hello Bloggy!
Setting the World to Rights
Travelling Shoes


Miscellaneous
Redwood Dragon
IMAO
The Invisible Hand
ScrappleFace
Daze Reader
Lynn Sislo
The Fat Guy
Jon Walz

Links


Our Last 50 Referrers







« Jan's New Site | Main | Balint Zsako »

September 29, 2007

Some Katie Opinions

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Katie Hutchison celebrates a picket fence, but thinks that the aluminum siding has got to go. She also visits the house that Modernist hero-titan Walter Gropius designed for his own family, and gets a case of the giggles. The Wife and I reacted similarly when we toured Frank Lloyd Wright's legendary Fallingwater. I wrote about our visit here.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at September 29, 2007




Comments

Ah, funny you should mention Frank Lloyd Wright today (Saturday, Sept. 29). I had to go over to Oak Park, IL this afternoon for a meeting of a group I'm in at the Oak Park Library. Because of construction on Lake Street, I got diverted into a section of Oak Park I've never been in, and suddenly, completely unexpectedly, looming before me, dead ahead (because it was on the blank side of a T-intersection) was a house that was unmistakably, no doubt about it, a Frank Lloyd Wright production. It just hits you in the face. It's that obvious. Nothing else like it.

Just out of curiosity, I looked it up later. I believe what to my wondering eyes did appear was the Frank Thomas house at 210 Forest Avenue.

The thought also occurs to me -- what's it like to live in a famous house like that? A house that people probably stop in front of and take pictures every day of? I did have a glimpse of a sign in a window as I went by: NO in big letters. I didn't have a chance to stop and take a closer look, but I wonder if the sign in full said something like, "NO interviews, NO tours, NO admittance, NO photographs"...?

Meanwhile, the library I was going to is on Lake Street, just down from Wright's Unity Temple, which has been a familiar landmark to me for many years now. Those who know me are thoroughly tired of my ancient joke about the place, "It looks like they sacrifice virgins in there." Well, for a church it does have a pagan, almost Babylonian look to it.

Posted by: Dwight Decker on September 30, 2007 1:41 AM



I owned a house with vinyl siding. I guess that's not good enough for wood siding purists. But you had to look hard to tell the difference. And no maintenance, folks.

Posted by: ricpic on September 30, 2007 9:47 AM



Katie's first picture of the Gropius house exemplifies his pragmatic bent. That's a fine fire escape winding from upstairs to ground level.

Posted by: raymond pert on September 30, 2007 2:02 PM



Michael,
Thanks for your link back to your take on Fallingwater. While I agree with most of what you said back then (I'd seen Fallingwater for the first time in Spring of 2002 when repairs to the major problems was just beginning) and while I agree that the low ceilings, leaks, damp conditions, and cold floors make it an ideal residence only for those furry feated short folks know as Hobbits, it still had me murmuring "Wow!".

As a residence, even say just a full summer's stay, it's absolutely lousy. As a place I'd love to spend a full 3 Day Weekend in (without the visiting tourists, of course)? Put me on the waiting list. I'll bring along a bushel of sweaters to handle the stone-castle-like dampness and a hockey helmet to handle Wright's vengefully low ceilings.

Posted by: DarkoV on September 30, 2007 2:30 PM






Post a comment
Name:


Email Address:


URL:


Comments:



Remember your info?