He'd hit you up for money, ignore your work and take all the credit
If you ever read Brendan Gill's delicious biography of Frank Lloyd Wright (Many Masks), you'll get a kick out of an interview with John Geiger, a former Wright apprentice at Taliesin, that was recently published in the Racine Journal-Times. The story has several great quotes from the 85-year-old Geiger, including this one: "This was an autocracy, and we as apprentices, gave up a certain degree of autonomy for the privilege of being there."
Geiger describes Wright ignoring him, not appreciating his work, you know, the usual tantrums. There's also great descriptions of Wright's habit of borrowing money from friends and never paying them back. Ever. Says Geiger, “He had absolutely no conscience about that at all. He was a user of people, there’s just no two ways about that.” (Photo by Albert Eisenstaedt)
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