The Soft Lawn, a unisex perfume, contains notes of the following: “Linden Blossom, Laurel & Ivy leaves, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Fresh Tennis Balls & Clay Court.” It is manufactured by Imaginary Authors, an independent perfume company based in Portland, Oregon and founded by Josh Meyer who remains the company’s nose. Imaginary Authors creates what the name of the company suggests it does, an imaginary author, complete with accompanying backstory as inspiration and innovative marketing tool for each fragrance. The Soft Lawn, for instance, which was introduced in 2012, is not only the name of the perfume, but also of Claude LeCoq’s debut novel, from 1916, a “A controversial portrait of adolescent upper-class rebellion in New England, the coming-of-age story follows Hampton Perry, a charmingly snotty college tennis champ who, after years of having everything handed to him on a silver platter, finds himself handing it all back.”
Revenge of the Lawn is the first published collection of stories (from 1962 to 1970) of the poet Richard Brautigan, whose real life was stranger than any fiction. Brautigan was raised in Eugene, Oregon, became famous as the “Hemingway of the hippies” in San Francisco, and, according to established precedent, drank too much and then shot himself to death.
Know Your Lawns
Below is a quote from The Soft Lawn, by Claude LeCoq of Imaginary Authors of Portland, Oregon; as well as a quote from Revenge of the Lawn, by Richard Brautigan, the Real Life Author from Eugene, Oregon. Please identify each. I now return myself to Wimbledon.