• • • What’s Frank Lloyd Wright Doing at the Republican National Convention?
Bob Duggan, Big Think The Fountainhead |Personal life | [F]or those who believe in the existence (and power) of “dog-whistle politics,” [...] then the Wright-inspired set is whistling away. Ayn Rand based the architect-hero character in The Fountainhead on Wright. Howard Roark soon became the poster boy for Rand’s Objectivist philosophical system. (Rand idolized Wright and tried to connect with him while writing the book, only to have Wright resist. The two became friends after the book’s publication in 1943, however.) Rand’s ideas are a lightning rod for controversy—you either love or hate the novels and the ideas they propose.