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Alofsin's "Wright and New York"

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:13 am
by Mark Hertzberg
I am only 100 pages into it, but I highly recommend Anthony Alofsin's "Wright and New York." I did not realize how much time Wright spent in exile from Taliesin in the City. I knew about the proposed apartments for St. Mark's in the Bouerie which were eventually realized as Price Tower (note that Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer explained to me, though, that the SC Johnson Research Tower was Wright's only realized tap root tower...Price is tied into the foundation of the adjoining office building) but I knew nothing about the proposed mega-church for Guthrie, which sure looks like Beth Sholom 30 years earlier! Each Wright book I read adds to the foundation started with previous readings.

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:21 pm
by Roderick Grant
In a way, the Cathedral for a Million People is similar to the Mile High Illinois Skyscraper: It would have required obliterating a huge section of Manhattan to accommodate all those people and their means of transportation, just as the Illinois would have decimated the Chicago Loop.

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:43 pm
by Mark Hertzberg
Yes, indeed!

Re: Alofsin's "Wright and New York"

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:42 pm
by Tom
Don't know how to post a link to a Podcast, but:
Yale University Press Podcast has an interview with Alofsin about this book: episode # 76.
It's a free download and very interesting.
Mark Hertzberg sums it up succinctly and Alofsin's interview on this podcast fills it out even more.
Evidently from the 20's to the 30's Wright spent a lot of time In NYC.
Alofsin's thesis is that this was a pvotal and crucial time in Wright's life.
He did a LOT of research for this book and sounds like he exegetes the Autobiography thoroughly.
Also it sounds like brings that historic era to life.
I would recommend the interview.

Re: Alofsin's "Wright and New York"

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:38 pm
by DavidC
(scroll down ~ 1/2 way for podcast)

Wright and New York


Re: Alofsin's "Wright and New York"

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:51 pm
by SDR
Thanks for that. To finally hear Alofsin is to know him a lot better---and his latest book promises to be an interesting read.

When a scholar professes to wish to turn a tranche of accepted academic wisdom "on its head," he or she had better be prepared for some pushback, if not disdain or worse. Anthony Alofsin has raised eyebrows, including mine---but I expect him will win out in the end . . .