THE SWEET, GREEN FRUIT OF WHIMSY IS RIPE FOR HARVEST!
“Once, sissies were mistaken for gentlemen; alas, now gentlemen are mistaken for sissies.”
Like a butterfly captured in a flower’s glistening raiment of morning dew, so the thoughts of Lord Whimsy are found in The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One. A Bounteous Selection of Essays, Philosophical Diagrams, Poetry, and Other Such Arcadian Follies Concerning the Art of Curious Living and the Reintroduction of Ancient Charm into This Vale of Mud and Tears Known Heretofore as the Modern Life!
In his attempt to live as beautifully as his modest means will allow, Lord Whimsy has lived in a former army barracks in a small rural town in the New Jersey Pine Barrens for twelve years. There he has created for himself a garden-choked naturalist/aesthete’s outpost filled with books, animals, and artwork. He regularly posts his dispatches on an online journal, where he discusses topics as diverse as carnivorous plants, moustache grooming, French nineteenth-century cameo glass vases, and the great Wallace Shawn
Written, designed and illustrated by the author, The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One is an artifact of the life he has led. Brimming with hyperbolic essays and meticulous philosophical diagrams, the Companion is both funny and profound. One reviewer summed it up thusly: “Whimsy’s well-turned phrases (to say nothing of his illustrative graphs) are, though distanced and quaintly arcane, sweetly smart and modern.”
Do you seek to cultivate blooms of refinement and joy in your life’s garden? Whimsy, as befitting his office as Affected Provincial, humbly offers himself as a guide to those who wish to transcend the banalities of modern existence. A diverse and humorous collection of treatises, insightful essays, philosophical diagrams, saucy poetry and other amusing trifles, The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One will inspire you to transform yourself into a walking sonnet, thus setting you upon a course towards that misty, faraway shore known to the ancients as Enchantment.
The perils of sportswear, diaphanism, self-defense for sissies, tramp aestheticism, the proper grooming of facial hair, and how to become a bon vivant—all this and much more may be found between the shimmering covers of this sleek and utterly beguiling volume.
The reader shall bear witness to:
- FEATS OF SARTORIAL CUNNING!
- JAUNTY VERSE!
- DEFTLY RENDERED TURNS OF PHRASE!
- UNBRIDLED PEDANTRY!
- DUST MOTES!
- ICY HAUTEUR!
- WELL-MUSCLED HINDQUARTERS
Take to your breast this artifact of grace and beauty!
The Critics Say:
…one of the more charming treatises to come along in years…
...one of the most entertaining—and certainly weirdest—non-fiction titles of the summer…the Companion is a lifestyle battlecry, both quaint and radical, lighthearted and dead serious…it feels good to know that a book this quirky can still get published.
THE affected provincial’s companion, vol. i
AUGUST 2006 (US)
OCTOBER 2006 (EUROPE)
5.0625″ x 7 3/4″
Black & white line drawings throughout
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WHERE CAN I BUY A COPY?
The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One is now available in all finer bookstores throughout the entire former colonies. Ask for it by name, thereby declaring your allegiance to Beauty!
The original, self-published edition, entitled The Affected Provincial’s Almanack, Volume One, is no longer available to the public, although some remaining copies might still be found at certain independent bookstores.