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Henry! I live in Milwaukee. Please feel free to reach out via email as I do have recommendations and would be more than delighted to take you out for lunch or dinner. There are a few "only in Wisconsin" food experiences that one should enjoy. -Christina

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Take her up on the meal! The only in Wisconsin stuff is always a treat.

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Wow that would be great---thanks! I'm not sure I have your email... I'm on henryeoliver@gmail.com

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Feb 16, 2023Liked by Henry Oliver

Don't slight Fallingwater. I am a traditionalist, grew up visiting Federal and Greek Revival landmarks,---loving photographs of Fallingwater. When I first laid eyes on it, I was early middle-aged. My first thought: "This is the most American house I've ever seen." I still enjoy it more from outside. Sit on the banks of the creek, give yourself time to absorb the principle that it embodies. It became part of its surroundings. A joy.

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Not slighting! Just have similar feelings about other buildings!

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Feb 16, 2023Liked by Henry Oliver

Welcome to Wisconsin! You may find the Epic campus interesting for a visit. (West of Madison, somewhat on the way to Taliesin.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/business/epic-systems-campus-verona-wisconsin.html

https://www.epic.com/visiting

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This looks fun... thank you!

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Feb 16, 2023Liked by Henry Oliver

I may be visiting family in WI in early April. Which of those days is the Milwaukee/Racine portion of the visit?

Since Wright is only part of your broader project, you likely do not need to visit more locations. That said, if you do have the time at some point for a western Pennsylvania or Phoenix trip, Fallingwater (and nearby Polymath Park - with four relocated residences to tour and in which one may even spend a night) and Taliesin West are both spectacular.

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I would love to go to Phoenix but I don't have the time/resources sadly. I decided to focus on Wisconsin as it has the buildings I most care about and view as most important. I will actually be making slightly less of Fallingwater than the usual account as I am more struck with Johnson Wax and others. That said, I hope to go to them all one day!

4/5 April than back to Racine 8th...

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Feb 16, 2023Liked by Henry Oliver

I’ll send an email.

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Thank you!

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I live in Madison. The private residences are stunning, especially at night. And the First Unitarian Society Meeting House is quite sharp.

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Really hoping to get to the Jacobs House... any others you specially recommend?

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I live near one of the private residences. I’m sure you’re familiar, but I’ll email you.

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Please do!

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Orwell is talking about ordinary communication, and his "rules" are similar to those of the eternally valid rules of E.B. White. They grow out of a respect for what is today called "reader expectations," those neural highways laid down in the brain through experience with a language that speed up communication. ("Call the police!" not "I would appreciate your calling the police!"---subject-verb-complements). While they do not preclude useful invention, they keep people from such pretentious, silly neologisms as using "gift" as a verb. When William Faulkner was asked the location of his mule, he said, "It's in the barnyard." In English the "short" words tend to be Anglo-Saxon in origin. They were the words ordinary working folks used and the ones most still learn early in life in practical situations. Would that Orwell's ghost would descend on Ms. Jean-Pierre in a presidential press briefing!

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Who says they are eternally valid? Orwell thought plain language prevented political misuse, which was clearly wrong. Political misuse of plain language is everywhere. Who cares about using gift as a verb! You know what they mean! Do you not start sentences with conjunctions? Do you not use less when you mean fewer? The fact that some things conform to his rules is no proof of them. Plenty of bad writing meets his criteria. It’s just wrong to say they are rules rather than one rather narrow sort of taste. Will you really honestly tell me that he is right to say we shouldn’t use scientific or technical terms? Or that longer words always obfuscate? It’s just not consistent with the good prose we all read on a daily basis. I like neologisms. They enrich the language. Shakespeare is responsible for many that now seem familiar. Would you remove them?

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You may want to consider seeing FLW's American System Homes in Milwaukee. These are rare, executed concepts of FLW's vision for a new-style of working class housing. https://wrightinwisconsin.org/american-system-built-homes

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Defo on my list, have emailed to see if I can go inside...

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I don't see the difference. He was (still) blooming late in life and that's one important part of the taxonomy of late bloomers. Also he was seriously inventive.

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