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"Once, sissies were mistaken for gentlemen; alas, now gentlemen are mistaken for sissies."
After twenty long years, Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy (the pseudonym of illustrator and writer Allen Crawford) has at last achieved his dream: unemployability. He is an artist, designer, author, re-explorer, failed dandy, tin grandee, gentleman trespasser, bushwhacking aesthete, parenthetical naturalist, pseudo-intellectual, and a middle-aged dilettante.
Having taken a solemn vow to do as little in life as possible, he was dismayed one morning to discover that he had accidentally wrote, designed, and illustrated The Affected Provincial's Companion, Volume One (Bloomsbury 2006), which was optioned for film by Johnny Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil. His face and his words have graced the hallowed pages of The New York Times, Interview, Frieze, Vice, Tin House, and Art in America.
His latest book is being released in May 2014 under his given name Allen Crawford. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself (Tin House Books) is an illustrated, hand-lettered, 256-page edition of Walt Whitman's iconic poem, scheduled for release on May 13, 2014.
A devoted enthusiast, lower-case adventurer, and explorer of what he calls "the local frontier," Whimsy spends most of his time among the nooks and margins of the forgotten, the curious, and the speculative that is found beneath, around, and between the everyday. He smells like gusto.