It’s about time that I showed you something from perhaps my two most faithful correspondents over the years. I want to stick to the late 80s period, and by coincidence (but not at random) I find cards from them both in the same year on the same theme.
Fallingwater, Oct. 18, 1989, from Zach, cancelled in Normalville, PA (really). I visited this justly famous house with a different boyfriend, Corey, the year I went to Pittsburgh with him at Christmastime. Though not for Christmas, as his parents were kosher-keeping Jews. I saw it in snow, rather than autumn colors. Anyway, Z writes, “These laurel hills remind me of my Blue Ridge.” We had by then visited the North Carolina mountains together, I guess, although I find it so hard to remember the order and timing of events. Z is from South Carolina; I met him in criticism graduate school, same place I met Jeff (vid Architêtes in Episode 4).
Frank Lloyd Wright with students, Taliesin West, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1937; photo by Bill Hedrich. May 9, 1989, from Nicole in Brooklyn. N writes, “Thanks for François and that 2 timing Ken. Here’s Frank L. and the serious young men.” I can neither remember nor guess what “François and that 2 timing Ken” might have been. Maybe I’ll ask Nicole. N is my oldest friend in the world and I’ve relied on her often to remind me what I was doing in those many parts of our lives we’ve lived together. The correspondence between us goes back to the depths of childhood. N mostly grew up in Arlington, VA, but in 1989 she was living in Park Slope (one reason I moved there a year or so later) and either still in film school or working as a film editor. See above for my difficulty in getting times and dates right. And I trained as a historian! I knew I wasn’t good enough, though.