OMG y’all, so a couple of months ago I was over at my friend Matt’s place and I saw that he had the autobiography of William Allen White and I was like “OMG WANT” and he thought I already had it but what I actually have is a book of his letters and then today he said HE’S GONNA GIVE IT TO ME so I can review it for his website and I’M KIND OF REALLY EXCITED
So I’d heard before about this house that Earl designed in Lincoln, which is just referred to as “The Flansburgh House,” because it’s protected by a historical preservation thing, but apparently now it’s for sale! If anyone happens to have a spare MILLION DOLLARS handy. I’d forgotten they actually lived there—built in ‘63, so that means little baaaaaaby Flansy, awwwww. I WANT MY BEDROOM TO BE BABYFLANSY’S BEDROOM. (Firefox is trying to spellcheck that as “BABYLONIAN’S,” haha.)
ALSO THE GARAGE CONNECTS TO THE HOUSE VIA AN UNDERGROUND TUNNEL OMFG.. I’m sure Flans and his brother must’ve played in it all the time—how could you not?? I WANT TO PLAY IN IT AND I’M 31.
Also, it says its “deftly sited between Conant and Old Conant roads,” which presumably has something to do with Flans’s middle name, which is also interesting.I’m guessing they both have some sort of Lincoln historical significance somehow and that it wasn’t just like “OH HEY LOOK AT THIS STREET SIGN LET’S NAME OUR KID AFTER IT.”
Anyway, the house looks pretty nifty!:
So I don’t know if anyone else SPAZZES THE FUCK OUT about John’s vintage camera blog to the extent that I do, but last night I was re-reading it and SPAZZING THE FUCK OUT for hours. I’ve always planned to at some point acquire all seven of the ones he writes about, because I completely adore cameras too, but I figured they would all be $$$.
But I went ahead and looked them up on eBay to get approximate price range ideas and the good news is for the most part they aren’t nearly as expensive as I was expecting. The cheapest Horizon I could find right now is $100, but other than that they are in the $30-60 range, which isn’t too bad at all. And there were some Brownie Hawkeye Flashes even cheaper than that (one of which I went ahead and bid on).
If you’re not into the vintage thing they still make the Horizon and you can get it new from Lomography. It’s the one John was using in a couple of the examples we have of him using his cameras on stage, and he wrote about it here.
SOMEONE NEEDS TO BUY ME THIS. I am picturing a glam version of John now and it’s amaaaaazing. I don’t know what “folk pop” even means but I love the idea of being that and glam rock at the same time. I hope the song is really about ice cream. Also that’s my default response to anyone I ever meet, no matter what their name is: “Oh you’re not John Linnell from TMBG, TOO BAD.”
Ok! By popular demand (well ok a few people but w/e) here are some more pictures from my TMBG adventures in New York over New Year’s ‘13. Here’s some from the New York Surrogate’s Court and Hall of Records Building, aka the site of the “Birdhouse in Your Soul” video. SO FUCKING FANCY Y’ALL.