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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596911417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596911413
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Written in something approximating the McSweeney's style, this collection of essays, charts, and assorted silliness is deeply amusing."--USA Today
"[Lord Whimsy] is a splendid raconteur and a canny quillsman…we are confident that you will find this dandy's manicured musings a bracing tonic against the enervating drudgery of the modern world." --Yahoo.com

About the Author

Whimsy (as he is often called) is much more than a mere pen name, for he walks among us as a living embodiment of charm. He has earned a loyal following through his published articles, readings and public appearances, and has packed cafes, bookstores, and universities with his "You Lack My Refinement" tour, illuminating the Former Colonies with the Light of Whimsy. When not defending the Flower of Civilization against bruised petals, he lives the life of a country squire in the leafy, rural hamlet of New Egypt, New Jersey. Rest assured, gentle reader: Whimsy loves you all.


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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.

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Imagine my delight when I saw that the Companion was published in hardcover form!
I. Schwartz-Leeper
Yes, Whimsy's wisdom may silently work changes in your body that do not become apparent for many decades hence!
Stanley Lieber
From the writing style to the diagrams to the packaging, it is an utterly charming and, well, whimsical work.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Lieber on October 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Before I acquired this volume (in its original self-published edition), I could be found trudging my city's streets clad in vaguely humanoid-shaped advertising logos that were held together by little more than inferior quality, pseudo-organic strings of solid dirt. In other words, I almost completely blended into my surroundings. Contrasted against my rather unusual face, it was quite a "before" picture, let me tell you. Thankfully, through the gentle intervention of this volume and its blatantly heroic author, I underwent a complete transformation, came to my senses, and arrived at the final vision of gentlemanly composure I am widely regarded as projecting today. I credit our friend Whimsy with awakening within my person various aspirations that I had never before considered for myself. It could be said that this volume served as a glass through which, for the very first time, I could finally see my own soul -- clearly. Alas, Whimsy had long peered at us through this and other similar devices, lovingly assessing our individual progress, until finally satisfying himself that we were prepared to take on the responsibility of wielding the glass for our own general use. Such is this man's tactful generosity! The betterment of all mankind was within reach, lacking only the responsible use of the appropriate tools, and so along came Lord Whimsy with his Affected Provincial's Companion (ne Almanack). It is a contribution to be praised.

When first opening the volume it is imperative to remain alert, to not be so overcome by the colorful revelation of the endpapers that one slips and separates skin from muscle and muscle from bone upon the die-cut recesses of the exquisitely designed front cover.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Franceski on January 3, 2007
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Imagine a book written by an early 19th century country squire and self-appointed dandy, musing on style and grace and the pursuit of butterflies. Imagine an English country version of a risible Proustian sensualist, becoming enchanted and then aroused by a work of art. This is the world of Lord Whimsy and his various and sundry thoughts and writings. An incredbile anachronism, full of humorous opinions on the pursuit of life dedicated to true beauty- - both in ones dress and in ones heart. It seems almost impossible that someone would write such a book in the 20th or 21st centuries. Each chapter is a self-standing essay on art, clothing, style, birds, bees, fantastic bicycles and life in the soporific langour of outer New Jersey pretending to be Dorset or Cornwall. I love this book, but someone said it is satire. I can't tell if it's satire or serious fun, as in "I am never more serious than when I am having fun." I await the opportunity, soon I hope, to meet his Lordship at one of his public readings. That will be something!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mason Dixon on August 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a book like no other. I picked it up this morning at my local bookstore and ended up spending every free minute of my day dipping into it. If you love beautifully produced books, if you take even the slightest interest in matters of style, if you believe that the notion of the metrosexual is ludicrous and that what the world really needs is the return of dandyism, if you love silly - and not so silly - mini-essays on how to ride a highwheel and all kinds of other things, if you love latinate prose that's laced with irony, then buy this. If you don't - well, buy the book and find out why you should!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Simeone on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
How could one fail to be charmed by this book?! Simultaneously clever, witty, insightful, hilarious, resplendent, and downright silly, this is a book for all time -- but especially now, when, as Whimsy so aptly puts it, the Perils of Sportswear are all around us. Here is a man who seeks beauty -- and Beauty -- and as far as I'm concerned those are valuable pursuits. Man does not live by misery and ugliness alone (although one could be forgiven for looking around and thinking he does)! Let a little whimsy into your life -- buy this book for yourself and all your friends.

P.S. Great diagrams, too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By young fogey on August 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Affected Provincial's Companion (vol. I) is, quite simply, a semi-serious philosophical examination of the construction of the persona, wrapped up in custom silk pyjamas from Timothy Everest and an ancient silk top hat, balancing a first edition of Francis Dashwood's memoirs atop a large rubber nose, and alchemically distilled into book form. A mere trifle, and so much more.

Whimsy alternately amuses the reader with his sparkling wit, lulls them into a reflective state, and sends them scurrying for the dictionary. Despite his erudition, Whimsy's words are such a pleasure that the most churlish reader could not be put off by them, and even the advanced and adventurous gentleperson will find a trove of delight from which to augment their education.

With his hawk eye and peacock-plume pen, Whimsy dissects everything from sportswear to nostalgia to hobbies, giving the reader a new sense of wonder at each turn. If you've an interest in the philosophy of style, an appreciation of the life well-lived or a taste for white raspberry tarts with ginger cream, The Affected Provincial's Companion is essential reading for you.
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